Category Archives: Recipes

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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Kosher/Soul Collards 

The Green Glaze, the most beautiful of American old variety collard greens.  Kosher/Soul Collards (partly based on Matt’s Four Pepper Collards, from The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen) 2013. ¼ cup of canola oil 1 cup of red onion cut into thin slices … 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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Three Salad Dressings For the Summer

I am in total Grandma mode with my food and recipes these days…I am not really measuring, I’m cooking for love not for perfection…forgive me but its just the mood I’m in….im trying to sell a book 🙂 So just … 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: Akara” 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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IWatch “Food of the Enslaved: Barbecue” 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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