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.

And then this happened…

If you aren’t already familiar with TasteTalks make yourself familiar. It’s an amazing food site with tons of content that encompasses all of what the food world has to offer, from signature foods to weird foods from culinary masters to up and coming … Continue reading

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“One Bad Dude”

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/21/terence-crutcher-wasnt-bad-dude-just-black-man-in-america This is the piece I wrote for the Guardian on Terence Crutcher. I have not been able to sleep since I learned about his shooting/murder. Sometimes I’ve just burst into tears, and I never met the man. I’m just … Continue reading

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In the Monticello Kitchen: A Photo Essay

I don’t have a lot of time to write this week, but I thought U would take time to address a few matters and share with you images from this year’s Heritage Harvest Festival at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. First, it’s … Continue reading

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See My Quote on the Wall

When you visit the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, look on the walls of the Sweet Home Café  and you will see this: This acknowledgement of our Ancestors and of my work to honor them … Continue reading

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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!

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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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