Category Archives: Scholars

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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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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How a Brazilian Scholar Inspired My Search for the Roots of Soul Food

All historic images were sourced from www.slaveryimages.org, compiled by Jerome Handler and Michael Tuite, and sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. WHEN I was about eleven or twelve years old my grandfather gave … Continue reading

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The State of Soul Food in America: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future | First We Feast

http://firstwefeast.com/eat/the-state-of-soul-food-in-america/?utm_campaign=fwf&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social This was an amazing review of the contemporary soul food scene edited by Adrian Miller, author of the James Beard Award winning Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine.  I was very happy to participate in yet … Continue reading

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I’m a TED Fellow

Dear Afroculinaria.com Community, It is with GREAT pleasure that I announce that I have been selected along with 20 other very talented and creative individuals as part of the 2016 Ted Fellows class.  That’s right, those TED talks you see … Continue reading

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Food historian says Bourdain dodged important issues in Charleston show – Post and Courier

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20151118/PC0301/151119290/food-historian-says-bourdain-dodged-important-issues-in-charleston-show “I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country,” he wrote. “We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing … Continue reading

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