[MEMOIR] The Cooking Gene; A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South. Michael W. Twitty.

[MEMOIR] The Cooking Gene; A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

New York: Harper Collins/Amistad, 2017. First Edition. Hardcover. 443 pages. 23.5 x 16 cm. Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty brings a fresh perspective to 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 from slavery to freedom. Twitty travels from the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and back breaking cotton fields to tell of the struggles his family faced and how food enabled his ancestors' survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and visits Civil War battlefields in Virginia, synagogues in Alabama, and black-owned organic farms in Georgia.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 South's past. Michael W. Twitty is a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter. Pristine. Gray boards, embossed spine. Fine, in fine dust wrapper. Item #2202

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