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Culinary historian Michael Twitty tells his family's story through food in The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, going from Civil War battlefields to synagogues and black-owned organic farms. He finds sharing meals has the power to bring the kin of former enslaved and slaveholders to the table where they discover the real America together.
Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In his unique memoir, Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family, their survival across three centuries, and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.
Twitty is a food writer, independent scholar, and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora and its legacy in the food culture of the American South. Michael is a Judaic studies teacher from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. His blog, Afroculinaria, highlights and addresses food’s critical role in the development and definition of African American civilization and the politics of consumption and cultural ownership that surround it.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm