Kamasami Kong has one of the best speaking voices we’ve ever encountered. He’s been a fixture in Japanese media since the 70s and recently discovered Mississippi couple David and LaTonya Whitaker who have opened Soul Food House in Azabu-Juban.

After his daughter was gunned down on the streets of Chicago, Nathaniel Pendleton looked to food to heal. At mid-life he entered culinary school and has now opened a ‘fine dining’ soul food restaurant called ‘The New Look-The Next Level’. Pendleton: “I just wanted to try to make soul food a fine-dining sort of a cuisine. Like every other nationality has done. You can go to a fine-dining French, you can go to a fine-dining Italian, everywhere, but … you cannot really find a fine-dining soul food place.”

Kelsey and Kim’s has burned to the ground in New Jersey.

T.I.’s soul food joint Scales 925 has been shut down by the Fulton County, Georgia sheriff’s department.

Writing in Japan News, Mari Nameshida reflects on growing up in Hokkaido, the northern region of the country where dairy farms are common and the milks and cheeses are of extraordinary quality. She rounds out her article with a recipe for imo mochi a Japanese soul food take on a potato dumpling.

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