Category Archives: African American Food History

National Soul Food Month Message: Why You Should Buy The Cooking Gene.

The Cooking Gene is not a cookbook but it does have treasured family recipes and reconstructed recipes from history. The Cooking Gene is not a diatribe on race and food nor is it about how you have to be Black to be a … Continue reading

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It’s #DeenDay please help me get the word out about The Cooking Gene on Twitter

If you’re on Twitter, help me celebrate #DeenDay by helping me to get this tweet retweeted 1,619 times. Today 4 years ago, I wrote my Open Letter to Paula Deen that changed my life and career for the good. Because of the … Continue reading

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Kirkus review of The Cooking Gene is in!

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/michael-w-twitty/the-cooking-gene/ Just wanted to put everybody on notice that the good reviews keep coming in. Today was a good day in the life of The Cooking Gene. I got word from Ted Lee that the Kirkus Review had issued its response to … Continue reading

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Why BBQ is America’s Most Political Food

Enjoy this story I was interviewed for along with my friends and colleagues Chuck Reese and Kathleen Purvis. Special thanks to Georgia Public Radio. 

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What is The Cooking Gene?

RACE.  We are fascinated by it and imprisoned by it, frustrated by it and endlessly debating its meaning.  Since 1492, few issues have complicated the human journey like the way we have braided categories of color, character, creed and class … Continue reading

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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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