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.

Why I Don’t Do “Race.”

Race. The minute I say that I’m African American people cast that word “race,” on me faster than the net that they used to catch Kunta Kinte in Roots. Race is a dangerous concept and it’s source, the evolution of … Continue reading

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Michael Twitty Will Become a Culinary Star in 2017 | | Observer

http://observer.com/2017/01/michael-twitty-book-culinary-star/ This piece by David Wallis is here to highlight my forthcoming book, The Cooking Gene. (August 2017, HarperCollins). I’m frank and confessional in this interview and what can I say, I’m just me. Enjoy.

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How Corn Shaped the Black Culinary Experience/Southern Foodways Alliance 2016.

http://www.southernfoodways.org/black-corn/?platform=hootsuite My presentation at the Southern Foodways Alliance 2016 on corn and the story of the African Diaspora and American slavery. Please enjoy and share! WARNING…I have NO CHILL IN THIS TALK.

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Watch “Gastronomy and the social justice reality of food | Michael Twitty” on YouTube/My TED talk!

My #TED talk is up, watch it here! I’ve waited a long time for this, and I hope you enjoy it as much I shivered doing it 🙂 feel free to share far and wide!

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come see me Thursday night

http://www.mofad.org/events/2016/12/15/an-evening-with-michael-twitty I’ll be at the Museum of Food and Drink in New York City!  12/15/16  There will be food! Get tickets ASAP!  Get your okra on! 

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Crops of African Origin or African Diffusion in the Americas

So–Some of you have come to me with the question about the African origins of crops found in the Americas.  I want to give simple answers here so you have something at your fingertips. Let’s talk about crops in the … Continue reading

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Happy Rosh Hoshanah/5777!

http://myjewishdetroit.org/2016/09/michael-twitty-a-kosher-soul/ I’m probably praying right now, but enjoy this piece by Vivian Henoch about my journey from My Jewish Detroit, it even has a link to a recipe.  Happy New Year to my fellow Jews and to all Muslim friends everywhere … Continue reading

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