What’s up! I’m Marwin Brown, author, photographer, recipe developer, and music director for foodfidelity.com which features delicious, healthy, family-friendly recipes.
Food Fidelity represents the bringing together of my two passions – food and music. Music is a meal enhancer that sets the mood and inspires the cook to ‘make it do what it do.’
Food Fidelity is about capturing the spirit of what a food “audiophile” would be looking for, which is that minutia of key spices/herbs that transforms a basic dish into something that is smart, flavorful.
I grew up in Dallas, TX raised by my maternal grandparents who were both incredible cooks. Whereas my grandmother was that urban soul food queen, my grandfather was a financially poor spiritually rich, clean eating urban gardener before it was cool. I inherited the best of the both of them – my grandfather’s focus on fresh ingredients and big mama’s knowledge/connection to “traditional” soul food.
Most of the recipes shared here are everyday ones that we enjoy daily in our household. I would categorize the food as modern soul food, i.e. food that is smart, interesting and grounded in our African-American culture but updated to reflect the latest culinary trends and techniques as well as the diverse tastes and influences we are exposed to through friends, family, travel, and media. So in this regards you may see recipes on the blog like ramen noodles with blackened okra and yams, black-eyed pea falafel cakes, or vegan greens gumbo z’herbs.
Smart – there is generally a health component with a focus on fresh ingredients.
Interesting – I don’t believe taste and health are mutually exclusive. I’m a flavor nerd and borderline compulsive in exploring new global techniques and ingredients to feed my flavor quest.
Grounded – base ingredients, techniques, and flavors tend to be grounded in culinary traditions of countries/regions connected to the African Diaspora which would include Africa, the Caribbean, American South, and South America.
Food Fidelity has evolved from a simple food and music blog into a movement to change the way people eat and think about food, particularly what we consider “soul food”. The shift was driven by the disparities in health across different ethnic groups, particularly how African Americans are disproportionately affected by diet related diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular.
Recognizing that there were many families like mine – working parents in a convenience driven world, desiring to honor and retain their heritage but not at the expense of their health, I began sharing our household practices and habits, the ones we utilized as weapons to break the cycle of obesity and the related illnesses born out of poor lifestyle and food choices.
Though raised a true Texan, I lived in the windy city of Chicago for 13 years with my wife Benee and two kids before returning to Austin,TX.
What can you expect to find here:
- Ernest and passionate commitment to flavor
- A focus on fresh, clean ingredients. There will undoubtedly be exceptions during my cheat days where nothing is out of bounds and those southern classics like fried chicken, neck bones, oxtails, and ham hocks make cameo appearances.
- Time saving short cuts
- Personal, self deprecating stories related to my culinary journey
- Dope tunes that inspire and trigger nostalgic emotions connected to food
I’ve worked in the food industry for several years at different levels including corporately for companies like Quaker and Kraft Foods, private caterer, and now as a food blogger. I am active in the community and serve as a Chef Ambassador for the American Heart Association and a spokesperson for Real Men Cook Charities.