The Cooking Gene

In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern ...

The Cooking Gene

The Cooking Gene

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine. From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and travels from Civil War battlefields in Virginia to synagogues in Alabama to Black-owned organic farms in Georgia. As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep—the power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together. Illustrations by Stephen Crotts

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The Cooking Gene
Language: en
Pages: 464
Authors: Michael W. Twitty
Categories: Cooking
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-31 - Publisher: HarperCollins

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition,
The Cooking Gene
Language: en
Pages: 464
Authors: Michael W. Twitty
Categories: Cooking
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-08-01 - Publisher: HarperCollins

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition,
The Cooking Gene
Language: en
Pages: 24
Authors: Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Categories: Cooking
Type: BOOK - Published: - Publisher:

"Ben recently lost his grandmother, Bubby, and he misses her very much. Ben enjoyed cooking with his grandmother. He plans to prepare a dish they had made together for a special event. When things don't turn out perfectly, Ben saves the day." -- from Teacher's Guide
Rice
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Michael W. Twitty
Categories: Cooking
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-03 - Publisher: Savor the South Cookbooks

Among the staple foods most welcomed on southern tables--and on tables around the world--rice is without question the most versatile. As Michael Twitty observes, depending on regional tastes, rice may be enjoyed at breakfast, lunch, and dinner; as main dish, side dish, and snack; in dishes savory and sweet. Filling
The Cooking Gene
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Jonathan Dorf
Categories: Cooking
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-07-09 - Publisher:

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