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.

Soul Foodies to Watch: The Diva That Ate New York—Jackie Gordon

Jackie Gordon—The Singing Chef http://www.jackiegordon.com 1. What’s your food vision for 2015? What do our priorities need to be? All of us have to vote with our dollars by supporting food companies, food producers and farmers that have our best … Continue reading

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Speaking of Virginia Food History. .

Virginia was a huge colony then commonwealth that played, with its neighbor Maryland, an extraordinary role in the development of proto – Southern cuisine.  Long before the Carolina-Georgia Lowcountry and Lower Mississippi Valley, the foodways of the Chesapeake,  Tidewater, Piedmont, … Continue reading

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The Best Quote in Virginia Food History

I am not prepared to dispute these points, but I am tolerably certain that a few other things besides bacon and greens are required to make a true Virginian. He must, of course, begin on pot-liquor, and keep it up … Continue reading

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Moroccan Cushaw Salad

This is a cushaw. It’s the ultimate Southern winter squash. They were brought to the Chesapeake and Tidewater from the Caribbean and Latin America in the late 18th century and were made popular among enslaved people after their introduction from … Continue reading

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Michael Twitty, Afroculinaria | 50 People Who Are Changing the South in 2015 – Southern Living Mobile

http://www.southernliving.com/m/travel/people-changing-south-2015/michael-twitty-africulinaria I am pleased to announce that Southern Living, a magazine long revered in my family, named me and this blog among 50 to watch in 2015!  As I finish the research for The Cooking Gene and make my way … Continue reading

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Soul Foodies to Watch in 2015: Natasha Bowen

This week in Soul Foodies to Watch we are profiling: Natasha Bowens, Author of The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming, Frederick, MD 1. What’s your food vision for 2015? What do our priorities need to be? … Continue reading

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Trace Your Roots Back to Africa: One Day Course

Join cultural historian Michael W. Twitty for a day’s course at the Alexandria Black History Museum, Saturday, January 31, 2015 to learn how to discover your family roots back to Africa using all the tools currently available. The intimate museum … Continue reading

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