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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.

Come to Dinner with Me in Charlotte July 28th!

ABOUT THIS EVENT Menu: Okra Soup Mary Randolph’s Yeast Rolls Fried Chicken Madeira Ham Cornbread Kush Sautéed Greens Peach Cobbler Food for thought and for your palate with Culinary Historian Michael W. Twitty The Harvey B. Gantt Center is a … Continue reading

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My Appearance on PBS Newshour

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/why-you-cant-talk-about-the-southern-kitchen-without-slaves-contributions/ Many thanks to Mark Scialla and John Yang for making this happen. Since the announcement that Jack Daniels’ owes it’s recipe to Neelus Green, the conversation over culinary appropriation and recognizing the creative capital of the enslaved has come … Continue reading

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Ole Missus vs. Mammy?: Who Owns Southern Food?

https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/ole-missus-vs-mammy-who-owns-southern-food I want to thank my editor at VICE Media’s food focused Munchies site, Matt Zuras and editor-in-chief Helen Hollyman for their incredible faith in my ability to take on a response to the piece “Edna Lewis and the Mythology … Continue reading

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Kosher/Soul Mac and Cheese Kugel

http://theweiserkitchen.com/recipe/koshersouls-mac-cheese-noodle-kugel/ Recipe is in the above link. I love macaroni and cheese and I love kugel.  This original recipe of mine, presented on Tami Weiser’s Weiser Kitchen blog, shows you how to fuse both soul and Ashkenazi Jewish cooking together … Continue reading

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Writing About Food at the Intersection of Gayness, Blackness & Faith

http://food52.com/blog/17071-writing-about-food-at-the-intersection-of-gayness-blackness-faith Enjoy this piece I did for Food52 about being a Black, gay, living history interpreter of historical Southern food. Enjoy. It’s an honor to speak to my fellow human beings about being human.

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I’m Gay and This Is Why You Should Care

I don’t write often on here about my sexual orientation because this blog focuses on my journeys through African American food history.  I came out when I was 16 years old in my school newspaper, and I was scared but … Continue reading

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Michael Twitty Addresses Racial Inequality in the Southern Kitchen | MUNCHIES

https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/michael-twitty-addresses-racial-inequality-in-the-southern-kitchen?utm_source=munchiestwitterus Helen Hollyman, Editor of Vice’s very popular Munchies site sat down with me to have a conversation about Southern food and cultural politics. I discuss dialoguing with Sean Brock, the Charleston food press and my forthcoming book, The Cooking … Continue reading

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