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Adrian Miller’s business card reads “soul food scholar, culinary historian, certified barbecue judge, engaging speaker and nice guy.”  What it doesn’t say is that he is also a Stanford graduate, attorney, Clinton White House alumnus and published author.

His book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time, is a “tribute to black cooks, that also delves deeply into the history of their cooking and food culture.”

Adrian worked on his labor of love at the Central Library and also the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, researching books that documented the lives of early African Americans.  

The charismatic author says that the greatest compliment he receives is when someone tells him, ‘You gave me a history lesson but it didn’t feel like one.’

Adrian flashes his signature smile and adds, “I just love soul food and telling people about it.” 

The Denver author continues to use the Denver Public Library for book research. His second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans who have fed our First Families from the Washingtons to the Obamas, is available for checkout. 



Written by ChrisH on March 17, 2019