Minnie Utsey's cornbread follows a classic soul food formula, particularly with the use of yellow cornmeal and sugar. Unfortunately, Minnie Utsey died in 2010, so never got to see my book. I honor her loving memory with this cornbread that lives up to its title. —soulfoodscholar
Adrian Miller is a food writer, attorney and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. He is currently the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches and, as such, is the first African American and the first layperson to hold that position. Miller previously served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton and a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr. He has also been a board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Miller’s Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2014. His next book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas will be published on President's Day, 2017.