Category Archives: Food and Slavery

Journeys in the Upper South: A Photo Essay

As I officially begin to work on The Cooking Gene, I have begun to travel the South again in search of bits and pieces from the world of my Ancestors.  I am ever amazed and grateful for the journey and … Continue reading

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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

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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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