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.

Please Support my Culinary Pilgrimage To Senegal 

https://www.gofundme.com/nb652b-trip-to-africa Today is my 40th birthday and I’m excited to be alive. I want to reverse the Middle Passage. I want to take my life’s work and go on a culinary Pilgrimage to West Africa with www.RootstoGlory.com this June. I need your … Continue reading

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Meet a Afri-Creole Culinary Maven rescuing the food traditions of her heritage: Shawanda Marie (RECIPE!!!)

I met Cheftavist Shawanda Marie at a recent presentation at Virginia Tech. Chef is a living archive of Afri-Creole culture, embodying the values of The Cooking Gene. During this Lenten time, I wanted you to make a traditional of red … Continue reading

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Watch “Food of the Enslaved: Akara” on YouTube

I loved partnering with Jason Townsend&Sons, my favorite historic clothier and provider of historic goods to produce a few videos for their wildly popular You Tube series on cooking in the 18th century, depicting the influence of enslaved Africans and African Americans … Continue reading

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Kippah-ed While Black: KWB- A Monthly Opinion Column in the Forward

If you don’t know, now you know I’m writing a monthly column for The Forward entitled, Kippah-ed While Black. It’s intention is to draw attention to issues in the lives of African American Jews, through my lens. The first piece is on … Continue reading

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IWatch “Food of the Enslaved: Barbecue” on YouTube

I loved partnering with Jason Townsend&Sons, my favorite historic clothier and provider of historic goods to produce a few videos for their wildly popular You Tube series on cooking in the 18th century, depicting the influence of enslaved Africans and African Americans … Continue reading

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Make this for your Valentine, You will get some Loving: Caramel/Sea Salt, Sour Cream/Cream Cheese Pound Cake

​Caramel/Sea Salt Glazed Sour-Cream/Cream Cheese Pound  Cake (I’m more a of a cook than a baker but this is pretty damn good…) 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 1 1/2 cups butter, I prefer unsalted… 1 cup of sour cream … Continue reading

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In Response to Justin’s Query: Not a Sermon, Just a Fact-Check

So here at http://www.Afroculinaria.com we love debate.  We love respectful discussion and I believe that’s what I got from a reader named Justin.  In response to my post of Oldway’s African Heritage Pyramid and ingredients suggestion list, Justin gave this … Continue reading

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