Homage: Recipes and Stories from an Amish Soul Food Kitchen

In Homage, chef Chris Scott dives deep into the roots of his family and their foodways, offering a tribute to Amish soul food, an oft-overlooked cuisine. Through stories and recipes, he explores a food inspired by once-enslaved ancestors who eventually relocated to Pennsylvania Dutch Country, calling Amish soul food not a "newfangled creation" but a cuisine based in a "very real history that my family shares with so many others." It is food that is "about making the best of what you have," a notion apparent in dishes like Neckbone Dumplings; and Pig's Feet and Potatoes. It is also comfort food, hearty and celebratory, laden with affordable and homegrown ingredients: Pimento Cheese Spoonbread; Black-Eyed Pea Donuts; and Pan-Seared Chicken Livers. Homage, which includes handwritten notes, family photos and Brittany Conerly's vibrant photos of Scott's mouthwatering dishes, is an inviting and innovative cookbook that anchors a singular blend of food styles in history and family. --Kerry McHugh, freelance writer

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