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 this Blog?

Why this Blog? I wanted to create a new cultural vocabulary around food that would draw on our best yearnings to make the politics of food work for everybody not just a few.  I don’t have much to say about … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Vote!

http://www.saveur.com/blog-awards-2016-vote Vote everyday, once a day for Afroxulinaria and The Culture of Collards!! It’s free! It’s fast! It’s a really big deal. We love you  PLEASE SHARE THIS LIKE WILDFIRE! 

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How a Brazilian Scholar Inspired My Search for the Roots of Soul Food

All historic images were sourced from www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. WHEN I was about eleven or twelve years old my grandfather gave … Continue reading

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Vote for Afroculinaria for the Saveur Blog Awards 2016!

I am pleased to announce that http://www.Afroculinaria.com has been nominated for a Saveur Blog Award!  Afroculinaria is under the Food and Culture Blog category.  Specifically my letter to Sean Brock was nominated.  Please vote for me, it’s free! You can … Continue reading

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Southern or Soul?

“What’s the difference between Southern food and soul food?” is perhaps the number one question we African American food writers get from the media. “Ours just tastes better,” jokes Toni-Tipton Martin, author of award-winning The Jemima Code.  Adrian Miller,author of the … Continue reading

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Slaves were well-fed? Seldom, says historian | The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/food-drink/ill-bite-blog/article93076552.html Enjoy some video and this tidy write up from Kathleen Purvis! See you for dinner next time! If you like the work I’m doing here please consider supporting what we do on PayPal….donate via the button on the desktop … Continue reading

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Bill O’Reilly thinks slaves were ‘well fed’. So will he eat like one for a week? | Michael Twitty | Opinion | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jul/27/bill-oreilly-slaves-eat-well Haven’t heard from Bill O’ yet…however my offer still stands, I’ll cook him the food enslaved people ate on the regular for a week, two meals a day–and we will talk about who is well fed….and the nature of … Continue reading

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