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Rice: a Savor the South cookbook (Savor the South Cookbooks) by [Michael W. Twitty]

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A jampacked volume . . . [Twitty] has a gift for presenting the historical in a manner that is both accessible and personal.--New York Times

Joyously illustrates why rice is a staple of diets worldwide and is central to the chefs and practices of the American South and the African diaspora.--Philadelphia Inquirer

Links the proliferation of rice across the South to its African origins. Recognizing the ubiquity of rice in Asia, Latin America, and other parts of the world, Twitty doesn't claim Africans invented rice; instead, he presents a forgotten and often ignored history of African influence in how rice is cultivated, prepared, and served throughout the South and the world.--Bittman Project

Rice, which contains fifty-one recipes featuring and supporting the grain--including jollof rice, curried rice salad, and Carolina pilau--focuses Twitty's critical acumen on an ingredient so versatile it has the power to become the main course, a side dish, or dessert. Written in praise of the globally important and endlessly adaptable food, Twitty traces rice's journey from Africa through the Caribbean and into the American South.--Garden & Gun

The new cookbook from James Beard Award-winning writer Michael W. Twitty is a thin volume full of depth.--USA Today

Before embarking on the recipes, Twitty offers a history of how rice became a staple in the American South, especially after the arrival of enslaved people. . . . Another excellent addition to the Savor the South cookbook series that will appeal to fans of Southern cooking, and anyone looking for new takes on a common ingredient.--Library Journal

Sure to delight all Southern and world cuisine foodies, Michael W. Twitty's Rice is an invaluable addition to the Savor the South series.--Foreword Reviews

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Michael Twitty is a culinary historian and author of the James Beard Award-winning The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08HGJVLDC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The University of North Carolina Press (7 February 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1087 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 110 pages
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Michael W. Twitty is a culinary and cultural historian and the creator of, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy. He has been honored by the website First We Feast ( as one of twenty greatest food bloggers of all time, and named one of “Fifty People Changing the South” by Southern Living. He’s also been honored as one of the “Five Cheftavists to Watch” by TakePart.Com. Twitty has appeared on NPR’s The Splendid Table and Morning Edition and has written for the Guardian, Ebony, Local Palate, and the Washington Post. He’s given over 300 talks in the U.S. and abroad, including audiences at the Smithsonian, Yale University, The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery in England, and the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival. He was a 2014 Smith Symposium Fellow of the Southern Foodways Alliance and a 2016 TED fellow and speaker, and was recently honored by Taste Talks with their first Culinary Pioneer Award. Twitty’s blog, Afrioculinaria was honored with both the readers’ and editors’ choice awards from Saveur for the best food and culture blog. Twitty is also a Judaics teacher and writes on Jewish cultural issues. He is the first Revolutionary in Residence at Colonial Williamsburg.

Favorite Southern foods: barbecue (beef ribs though not necessarily traditional---all the noms), a decent and proper biscuit, red rice, collard greens--no vinegar!, buttermilk pie, okra soup, country captain, sweet potatoes, etoufee, gumbo, jambalaya.

Diva of Choice: Julia Sugarbaker from "Designing Women" or Whitley Gilbert from "A Different World"

Favorite Expression: Bless yo' heart.

Person Likely to Play Me in a Movie: I really want Idris Elba, but I'm getting Anthony Anderson.

If I had Kids I would name them: (All girls) Portico, Verandah and Lanai... I always thought Zephyr would be a cool name for a son.

Nicknames: The Chocolate Chosen TM, Mr. Kosher Soul

Influences: August Wilson, James Baldwin, Marlon Riggs, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Roy Lichenstein, Romare Bearden, Joseph Campbell, Robert Graves, Zora Neale Hurston.

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