Daddy's Smothered Pork Chops-Miami Beach
In Boise, ID, the Boise Soul Food Festival has highlighted the best chefs since 1993 each August. One of the favorites is Hoppin' John, including black eyed peas, pork, peppers, onions, garlic and tomato sauce.
Favorite farmer: Willard Tillman, Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, documenting the state's agricultural history.
Cookbook of the day: Cuisine Noir magazine, sponsoring its first Tasty Awards later this year.