Category Archives: Heirloom Gardening/Heritage Breeds and Wildcrafting

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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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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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

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How Corn Shaped the Black Culinary Experience/Southern Foodways Alliance 2016.

http://www.southernfoodways.org/black-corn/?platform=hootsuite My presentation at the Southern Foodways Alliance 2016 on corn and the story of the African Diaspora and American slavery. Please enjoy and share! WARNING…I have NO CHILL IN THIS TALK.

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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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Ole Missus vs. Mammy?: Who Owns Southern Food?

https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/ole-missus-vs-mammy-who-owns-southern-food I want to thank my editor at VICE Media’s food focused Munchies site, Matt Zuras and editor-in-chief Helen Hollyman for their incredible faith in my ability to take on a response to the piece “Edna Lewis and the Mythology … Continue reading

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#WorldBookDay Pre-Order The Cooking Gene today

  On November 8, 2016, HarperCollins will release my first book:  The Cooking Gene:  A Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South.     RACE.  We are fascinated by it and imprisoned by it, frustrated by it … Continue reading

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