7/22/2009Black people garden, quiet as it is kept. We gardened in Africa, we gardened during slavery, and we gardened after emancipation. One of the things we've been growing in America for a good long while is cucumbers. Pickled cucumbers are a taste of summer in the winter. Dyed a neon Kool-Aid color they are surreal fairytale food common in the Mississippi Delta. This soup, cold cucumber soup, from Soul Food Love, is a celebration of black gardens and a reminder that the colors of real life can dazzle as significantly as the colors of fairytale. The original title of our cookbook was the green black kitchen but people thought we were talking about decorating not putting the vegetables back in the center of our plates and bowls untroubled by meat or fat. This soup is from our green black kitchen. It is a wise soup that acknowledges we are field workers and auto workers no more and do not need manual laboring calories.