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.

Who held the first Memorial Day celebration? | Michael W Twitty | Comment is free | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/22/who-held-the-first-memorial-day-celebration Enjoy this piece I wrote on the African American roots of Memorial Day. Blessings and honor on all our nation’s fallen, with a special thanks to soldiers of color and LGBT identity who despite slavery, reservations, interment camps and … Continue reading

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The Invisible Chefs | First We Feast

http://firstwefeast.com/eat/the-invisible-chefs/?utm_campaign=fwf+socialflow+05+2015&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social Please enjoy this piece I wrote for First We Feast on the lack of media attention to chefs of color.

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Spring Drive on Afroculinaria April 27-May 7

Spring Drive at http://www.Afroculinaria.com. Drive will last from April 27-May 7. PLEASE consider contributing 5$ or more to our supply and research fund through the PayPal donate button on the corner of the page. Because of your generosity in the … Continue reading

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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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