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.

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

Posted in Events and Appearances, Jewish Stuff, Recipes, Scholars, Elders and Wise Folk, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

African Ancestry Radio Debut

Chef Carla Hall (Top Chef, The Chew)  and I were the first guests on African Ancestry Radio on Sirius XM! She’s awesome. She had her father’s African roots revealed on air. She is from the Bubi people of Equatorial Guinea … Continue reading

Posted in African American Food History, Cultural Politics, Diaspora Food Culture, Elders and Wise Folk, Events and Appearances, Scholars, Scholars, Elders and Wise Folk, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

This Historian Wants You To Know The Real Story Of Southern Food : The Salt : NPR

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/01/496104487/this-historian-wants-you-to-know-the-real-story-of-southern-food This just came out on Morning Edition on NPR. My friend, reporter Erika Beras interviewed me on top of Jefferson’s mountain after my Mulberry Row presentation at the 10th annual Heritage Harvest Festival.  95 degrees in period clothing-owww! Enjoy!! … Continue reading

Posted in African American Food History, Cultural Politics, Food People and Food Places, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Saveur Blog Awards Was a Blast!

So…this happened too… As many of you know I was nominated for the category of Food and Culture Blog. 30,000 nominations across a dozen or so categories were whittled down to just a handful, and of 6 total finalists, your … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Politics, Events and Appearances, Pop Culture and Pop Food, Scholars, Elders and Wise Folk, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Watch “How to Succeed in Food Writing (by Really Trying) | Food for Tomorrow Conference | 2016” on YouTube

Check this out! Kim Severson of the New York Times interviewed me, the amazing Molly Yeh (Molly on the Range) and the brilliant Jenny Rosentrach (Dinner a Love Story) at Stone Barns last Tuesday on “How to Succeed in Food Writing (by Really Trying.” Please … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Cultural Politics, Diaspora Food Culture, Events and Appearances, Pop Culture and Pop Food, Publications, Scholars, Elders and Wise Folk, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments