Category Archives: Food and Slavery

Whose Cuisine Is It Anyway? White or Black or Native? The Cooking Gene responds…

https://www.cooknscribble.com/posts/2017/10/13/the-cooking-gene-whose-cuisine-is-it-anyway One of my favorite reviews because it comes from the heart. It is written by a white Southern writer, Patricia Haynes,  who knows her hometown of Richmond, Virginia and put her sense of place and heritage into this review. I love … Continue reading

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Welcome to #TheCookingGene Journey: A Photo Essay with a Recipe 

I started writing this book on paper plates and paper bags.  I walked around with an entire book in my head from my years.  Paula Deen happened, my response went viral, agents started calling and asking if I had a book in mind. Two years of … Continue reading

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 About that hot sauce recipe…

I know what y’all want…. So this is not easy. I made a quick hot sauce on the fly from long red cayennes, habaneros, and fish peppers for the Raleigh Tavern Society at Colonial Williamsburg. It was a huge hit. … Continue reading

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The Work, a Photo Essay

Those hot rolls come from a place of love. And I can enjoy them with friends in ways the past never allowed. Soft shelled crabs are a food I don’t indulge in but it’s a challenge to make new local … Continue reading

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Good Press on Launch Day! THE COOKING GENE, Part 1 August 1, 2017

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/food-historian-reckons-black-roots-southern-food-180964285/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=socialmedia If you want to check out Smithsonian magazine’s coverage. Or…if you missed this morning’s piece on the NPR show “On Point,” listen here. Its a really great conversation about who “owns” Southern food. Want some recipes? Try this piece from … Continue reading

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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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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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