Feijoada Leve (Brazilian Black Bean Stew)
Feijoada is, by most accounts, the recognized national dish of Brazil. Stories often call the dish "simple," tying it to a history of slaves and struggle, with the black bean being an ingredient relegated to the underclass. Studied Brazilians would push back, pointing out that feijoada has been a celebrated menu item for all the people of (and visitors to) Brazil to enjoy since at least the 1800s. And then there's cassoulet from France, and cozido from Portugal, dishes where Europe embraced and dressed up the bean. Surely some cross-pollination occurred during settlement. Honor feijoada's long and storied history by recognizing that it's a dish as lively, gracious, and ever-evolving as the Brazilian people.