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.

Taking the Cake

So there is a lot of press about two children’s books published as of late. One, A Fine Dessert, was published and honored, another, A Birthday Cake for George Washington just got pulled. Both showed smiling enslaved cooks serving their … Continue reading

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A Letter to the Newgrorati: Of Collards and Amnesia

Dear Newgrorati on #BlackTwitter, If you want to learn about a culture, listen to the stories. And if you want to change a culture, change the stories.—Michael Margolis We need to have a talk about collard greens. Like, now. Apparently some … Continue reading

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Haven’t You Heard?!

Follow me on Twitter @koshersoul and on Facebook as Michael W. Twitty.

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A New Way With New Years Day/African Black Eyed Pea Salsa

I went to Whole Foods last night. I actually bought a container of pre-soaked black eyed peas.  Yes I did! I am not going to be stewing over some stove just because I can get me a lil “change,” and … Continue reading

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American slaves’ Christmas was a respite from bondage – and a reinforcement of it | Michael W Twitty | Opinion | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/25/american-slaves-christmas-was-a-respite-from-bondage-and-a-reinforcement-of-it I wish everyone a happy holiday. It’s interesting that for such a straight, matter of fact piece, the first comment was already negative and had to be removed by the Administrator. I never thought that in 2015, even writing … Continue reading

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I’m a TED Fellow

Dear Afroculinaria.com Community, It is with GREAT pleasure that I announce that I have been selected along with 20 other very talented and creative individuals as part of the 2016 Ted Fellows class.  That’s right, those TED talks you see … Continue reading

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#GivingDecember special: The (Non-Jewish) Black Person’s Guide to Surviving Hannukah

#GivingDecember is traditionally for non-profits, but it’s a time when the little guy like me has to make a plea too. Let me share an email with you I just received today: “​Mr.​T​witty my name is Malik and I would … Continue reading

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