Soul Food & Southern Cooking

Your go-to source for authentic and downright delicious soul food, Southern dishes, and barbecue recipes.

Meet the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Cooks with Soul: Krysten and Marrekus Wilkes.

Marrekus, the resident recipe developer and foodie, brings his passion for soul food, comfort food, and barbecue. Inspired by his Memphis roots, his culinary journey is deeply rooted in the flavors and ingredients of the South.

Krysten, on the other hand, is from the West Coast and is a talented writer, editor, and photographer. But it’s not just about food; it’s about heart, soul, and family. Together, they’re a food blogging team, and also a blended family of eight, navigating life’s challenges with resilience and love.

What sets Cooks with Soul apart is the commitment to preserving cherished family recipes that have been passed down through multiple generations. Many of them carry cultural and regional significance and offer a sense of familiarity and connection with their ancestors who have prepared many of the same or similar dishes.

Cooks with Soul has collaborated with Char-Broil, Vrbo, BuzzFeed, SELF, Country Living, Food52, Eating Well, Yummly, and more.

“soul food, it would seem, depends on an ineffable quality. it is a combination of nostalgia for and pride in the food of those who came before.”

Jessica B. Harris, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America