You gotta love a cookbook that begins with a one-liner statement by the author that he's an addict.
Frankly, being raised in a part of the world where cooking is flavorful if nothing else, I can't imagine anyone who claims to enjoy food not being at least a tad addicted to what is commonly called 'soul food.' Lest you think you've remained untouched by this culinary phenomenon, bear in mind that it's not just the cuisine of black America. As Lindsey Williams, author of Neo Soul, explains, "You can call it soul food, comfort food, or Southern cooking..." and the key ingredient is the flavor.
Now, growing up in Texas, I never fully realized until I was a traveling adult just how good food is down here. I won't waste time pondering the why's, I'll just say that I do feel for folks who've not had a chance to try meats and vegetables that are so carefully inundated with herbs, spices, and other flavorings that different dishes can literally conjure up unique emotional reactions. Hence, the connection of the concepts of 'soul' and 'love' with soul food.