Category Archives: Elders and Wise Folk

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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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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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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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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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

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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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In the Monticello Kitchen: A Photo Essay

I don’t have a lot of time to write this week, but I thought U would take time to address a few matters and share with you images from this year’s Heritage Harvest Festival at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. First, it’s … Continue reading

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