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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.

Food On a Maryland Plantation: Frederick Douglass Speaks

      From The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, 1889 On his Birth and his Grandmother’s Gifts:  Few at that time knew anything of the months of the year or of the days of the month. They measured … Continue reading

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OKRACAST: The Resurrection of the Fish Pepper | Southern Foodways Alliance

http://www.southernfoodways.org/okracast-the-resurrection-of-the-fish-pepper/ Special thanks to the Southern Foodways Alliance by way of Tina Antolini for a great interview with myself, William Woys Weaver, Denzel Mitchell and Spike Gjerde on the fish pepper and bringing it back to life in the Chesapeake … Continue reading

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Culinary Historian Michael Twitty On The Politics & Power Of Food » Arts & Life » OPB

http://www.opb.org/artsandlife/article/culinary-historian-michael-twitty-politics-power-food/

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The Vanilla Ice Cream Story: The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/04/black-people-vanilla-ice-cream-jim-crow-independence-day My guest piece in the London Guardian out of the UK exploring the sordid past of ice cream as symbol of oppression in the minds and lives of African Americans in the Jim Crow South…and just beyond its borders. … Continue reading

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Southern Discomfort & “The Cooking Gene” | New Haven Independent

http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/cooking_his_way_to_the_past/ A really fantastic write up of the talk I delivered on June 18 at Yale University for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. I’m very proud to have participated in such a fantastic,  positive and necessary endeavor.  The … Continue reading

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Barbecue vs. Cookouts: What Does Race Have to Do With the Terminology? – The Root

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/06/barbecue_vs_cookouts_what_does_race_have_to_do_with_the_terminology.1.html This was a really quick interview I recently did with Janee Desmond-Harris (@jdesmondharris) of TheRoot.com; @TheRoot.   Her column Race Manners is fascinating and we had a lot of fun talking history, culture and community. Black men cooked for barbecues … Continue reading

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Tasting the past: Michael Twitty teaches history, equality and grace through food | Mountain Xpress

http://mountainx.com/uncategorized/tasting-the-past-michael-twitty-teaches-history-equality-and-grace-through-food/ A great write up on the dinner with Mike Moore and Elliott Moss from my friend Asheville food writer, Jonathan Ammons.  

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Shavuot Is Coming–Look Hungry! A KosherSoul approach…

So you’ve probably heard of Hannukah, Passover, Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur.  Well on the evening of June 3rd through the evening of June 5th, I will be celebrating the Jewish holiday of SHAVUOT (SHAH-VOO-OH-T) If you’re Ashkenazi your grandparents … Continue reading

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The Miriam of Her People: In Honor of Dr. Maya Angelou 1928-2014

Because we have forgotten our ancestors our children no longer give us honor. Because we have lost the path our ancestors cleared, kneeling in perilous undergrowth, our children cannot find their way. Because we have banished the God of our … Continue reading

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These Southern Things: A Recap

  Mike Moore is the best.  (And his family recipe for cucumber salad is killer.) That’s not really the thesis of this blog post, but it has to be said. Mike, chef-proprietor of Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder in Asheville, … Continue reading

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