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.

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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Watch “Food of the Enslaved: Okra Soup” 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

Posted in African American Food History, African Food Culture, Diaspora Food Culture, Events and Appearances, Food and Slavery, Food Philosophy at Afroculinaria, Heirloom Gardening/Heritage Breeds and Wildcrafting, Pop Culture and Pop Food, Recipes, Scholars, Elders and Wise Folk, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

The African Heritage Food Pyramid

I want to start Black History Month off right, sharing with you the Oldways African Heritage Food Pyramid. Oldways has worked the past few years to create content that gears communities of color toward better eating habits and health patterns … Continue reading

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Revolutionary in Residence, Come See Me February 11th in Colonial Williamsburg

I believe in America.  Even now when so many things feel out of place and regressive.  I am dedicated to reminding us about our story and the ways in which we have co-created a unique world without parallel in the … Continue reading

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Don’t Come for Me Unless I Send For You…

​You wish I was just a “folk historian….” I am not a “folk historian”..There are scholars of folklore and they do beautiful work, but when you say “folk historian,” with no hyperlinks to my work or further background your dismissive, … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Do “Race.”

Race. The minute I say that I’m African American people cast that word “race,” on me faster than the net that they used to catch Kunta Kinte in Roots. Race is a dangerous concept and it’s source, the evolution of … Continue reading

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