Tag Archives: African American Foodways

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

Posted in African American Food History, African Food Culture, Cultural Politics, Diaspora Food Culture, Elders and Wise Folk, Events and Appearances, Food and Slavery, Food People and Food Places, Food Philosophy at Afroculinaria, Heirloom Gardening/Heritage Breeds and Wildcrafting, Jewish Stuff, Pop Culture and Pop Food, Publications, Recipes, Scholars, Scholars, Elders and Wise Folk, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

It’s #DeenDay please help me get the word out about The Cooking Gene on Twitter

If you’re on Twitter, help me celebrate #DeenDay by helping me to get this tweet retweeted 1,619 times. Today 4 years ago, I wrote my Open Letter to Paula Deen that changed my life and career for the good. Because of the … Continue reading

Posted in African American Food History, African Food Culture, Cultural Politics, Pop Culture and Pop Food, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Kirkus review of The Cooking Gene is in!

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/michael-w-twitty/the-cooking-gene/ Just wanted to put everybody on notice that the good reviews keep coming in. Today was a good day in the life of The Cooking Gene. I got word from Ted Lee that the Kirkus Review had issued its response to … Continue reading

Posted in African American Food History, Cultural Politics, Events and Appearances, Publications, Scholars, Elders and Wise Folk, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in African American Food History, Diaspora Food Culture, Events and Appearances, Food and Slavery, Pop Culture and Pop Food, Recipes, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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.

Posted in African American Food History, African Food Culture, Cultural Politics, Events and Appearances, Food and Slavery, Food Philosophy at Afroculinaria, Heirloom Gardening/Heritage Breeds and Wildcrafting, Pop Culture and Pop Food, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

See My Quote on the Wall

When you visit the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, look on the walls of the Sweet Home Café  and you will see this: This acknowledgement of our Ancestors and of my work to honor them … Continue reading

Posted in African American Food History, African Food Culture, Diaspora Food Culture, Elders and Wise Folk, Events and Appearances, Pop Culture and Pop Food, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

My Appearance on PBS Newshour

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/why-you-cant-talk-about-the-southern-kitchen-without-slaves-contributions/ Many thanks to Mark Scialla and John Yang for making this happen. Since the announcement that Jack Daniels’ owes it’s recipe to Neelus Green, the conversation over culinary appropriation and recognizing the creative capital of the enslaved has come … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Politics, Events and Appearances, Pop Culture and Pop Food, Scholars, Elders and Wise Folk, The Cooking Gene | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments