Exploring African-American Cuisine And Culture With Michael Twitty

Culinary historian Michael Twitty has made it his personal mission to draw connections between food and race in America. He has studied his own family’s history and culinary roots, from his ancestors’ beginnings in Africa to their experience as enslaved people in the American South, and later, as free people there.

Southern food is a unique staple of American cuisine, and has strong ties to African-American identity. In his recent memoir, “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History In The Old South,” Twitty unpacks the question of who Southern culinary tradition belongs to, and whether food can bring about cultural understanding and healing.


Michael Twitty, scholar in residence at the Jewish Arts Collaborative. His recent memoir, “The Cooking Gene: A…

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