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Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South Paperback – Illustrated, 31 July 2018
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"Fascinating."--New York Times Book Review
"Should there ever be a competition to determine the most interesting man in the world, Michael W. Twitty would have to be considered a serious contender."--Washington Post
"Slavery made the world of our ancestors incredibly remote to us. Thankfully, the work of Michael W. Twitty helps restore our awareness of their struggles and successes bite by bite, giving us a true taste of the past."--Dr. Henry Louis Gates, host of PBS' Many Rivers to Cross and Finding Your Roots
"Twitty ably joins past and present, puzzling out culinary mysteries along the way... An exemplary, inviting exploration and an inspiration for cooks and genealogists alike."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Twitty has accomplished something remarkable with The Cooking Gene... It's a book to save, reread, and share until everyone you know has a working understanding of the human stories and pain behind some of America's most foundational and historically significant foods."--Christian Science Monitor
"Written in Michael W. Twitty's no-nonsense style and interlaced with moments of levity, The Cooking Gene is gritty, compelling, and enlightening - a mix of personal narrative and the history of race, politics, economics and enslavement that will broaden notions of African-American culinary identity."--Toni Tipton-Martin, James Beard Award-winning author of The Jemima Code
About the Author
Michael W. Twitty is a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. He has been honored by FirstWeFeast.com as one of the twenty greatest food bloggers of all time, and named one of the "Fifty People Who Are Changing the South" by Southern Living and one of the "Five Cheftavists to Watch" by TakePart.com. Twitty has appeared throughout the media, including on NPR's The Splendid Table, and has given more than 250 talks in the United States and abroad. His work has appeared in Ebony, the Guardian, and on NPR.org. He is also a Smith fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance, a TED fellow and speaker, and the first Revolutionary in Residence at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Twitty lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- Publisher : Amistad Press; Illustrated edition (31 July 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062379275
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062379276
- Dimensions : 2.54 x 13.21 x 19.3 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 248,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Simply can't recommend highly enough. Should be required reading for anyone who feels the need to comment on the US in any way.
I’m reading it again for the third time !