is the place for you!
Also the tv shows - the one that's probably going to be right up your alley is going to be Rachel Ray - she's great!
She cooks like a little bit of everything! She's always talking about her Mom's Italian side and her Dad's Louisiana cookin' so there's your match. She also has several books out and her stuff is usually pretty easy to moderate to make.
I'm surprised about him not being able to eat chicken, though. That's a hard one in today's health-concious cooking. But honestly, Italian cooking is a lot about comfort & home cooking - not fancy & stuffy like French cuisine. So its really not all that different from soul food, its just food that makes you feel good and at home!