Category Archives: Food and Slavery

Wild Game Butchering The Way Our Ancestors Did in Plantation Days

I asked my colleague Chef Harold Caldwell to write about the process of butchering wild game in the colonial and antebellum periods.  This is a real treat full of detail about how our Ancestors survived. Our forefathers and foremothers made … 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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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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Michael Twitty on culinary justice – video | Membership | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/membership/video/2014/oct/27/michael-twitty-on-culinary-justice-video Special thanks to John Mulholland and the Observer for inviting me to an incredible event!

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My Eater Piece!

Your favorite food interest site and mine, Eater.com has just relaunched with a really hopeful, insightful and mission – oriented set of responses to questions about how food can change the world, and about the future of food and where … Continue reading

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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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