Author Archives: michaelwtwitty

About michaelwtwitty

I am a Judaics teacher and Culinary Historian focusing on the foodways of Africa, enslaved African Americans, African America and the African and Jewish diasporas.

Heirlooming Large | What “heirloom” and “heritage” actually mean – TastingTable”

http://www.tastingtable.com/cook/national/what-are-heirloom-vegetables-heritage-breeds Always happy to talk about Southern heritage foods with Kat Kinsman and share company with Chef Travis Minton.  Especially at planting time! :)

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I Can’t Hide Mine, Please Don’t Hide Yours: An Open Letter to Ben Affleck

Dear Ben, Its unfortunate because of a massive internet hack we are in this particular place discussing your ancestral past. It’s horrible that your private matters were exposed because of something beyond your control. That’s untenable in any situation, but … Continue reading

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The Latest Culinary Trend Is Centuries Old – MensJournal.com

http://www.mensjournal.com/food-drink/chefs-restaurants/the-latest-culinary-trend-is-centuries-old-20150417 Please enjoy this excellent piece by Daniel Solomon. I think you will find his discussion of my work, among others, a refreshing voice in the discussion on heritage branding. Greetings from Louisiana!

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Dillard’s free Creole culinary conference is Thursday, April 16 | NOLA.com

http://www.nola.com/food/index.ssf/2015/04/free_day_of_creole_culinary_co.html. Come see me at Dillard, April 16, 2015! “The African Roots of Creole Cuisine.”

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Bitter Herbs and Collard Greens: An African-American Seder Plate For Passover : Code Switch : NPR

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2015/04/03/397255528/bitter-herbs-and-collard-greens-an-african-american-seder-plate-for-passover Enjoy this short piece I did for NPR’S Code Switch blog. Happy Pesach! If you want to get your own copy of 300 Ways To Ask The Four Questions, click here.

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The African Roots of Mississippi Foodways

The Center for the Study of Southern Culture and the Southern Foodways Alliance present Michael W. Twitty “The Evolution of African Foodways in the Most Southern Place on Earth: Colonial and Antebellum Mississippi” WHEN: April 8th 2015 @ 7:00 PM … Continue reading

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Notes of a Geechee Girl

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/travel-notes-of-a-geechee-girl–2 Please support Julie Dash, creator of Daughters of the Dust, bring to the big screen a documentary about the life and work of the great Black culinarian, Vertamae Grosvenor, the one and only! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/travel-notes-of-a-geechee-girl–2 

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