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Michael W. Twitty a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora and its legacy in the food culture of the American South. Twitty is a Judaic studies teacher from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and his interests include food culture, food history, Jewish cultural issues, African American history and cultural politics. Afroculinaria, Twitty's food blog, highlights and addresses food’s critical role in the development and definition of African American civilization and the politics of consumption and cultural ownership that surround it.

He’s appeared on "Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern," "Many Rivers to Cross with Dr. Henry Louis Gates," and has lectured to over 450 groups. He has served as a judge for the James Beard Awards and is a fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance and TED and was the first Revolutionary in Residence at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Southern Living named Twitty, one of "Fifty People Changing the South" and the Root.com added him to their 100 most influential African Americans under 45. He also made the Jewish Forwards list of most influential American Jews. HarperCollins released Twitty’s book "The Cooking Gene," in 2017, tracing his ancestry through food from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom, a finalist for The Kirkus Prize and The Art of Eating Prize and a third place winner of Barnes&Noble's Discover New Writer's Awards in Nonfiction. "The Cooking Gene" won the 2018 James Beard Award for best writing as well as book of the year, making him the first Black author so awarded. his piece on visiting Ghana in Bon Appetit was included in Best Food Writing in 2019 and was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award.

Twitty’s work is a braid of two distinct brands: the Antebellum Chef and Kosher/Soul. Antebellum Chef represents the vast number of unknown Black cooks across the Americas that were essential in the creation of the creole cuisines of Atlantic world. The reconstruction and revival of traditional African American foodways means seed keeping, growing heirlooms and heritage crops, raising heritage breeds and sustainably gathering and maintaining wild flora and fauna that our ancestors relied upon. The responsible exploration of the Southern food heritage demands that the cooks of colonial, federal era and antebellum kitchens and enslaved people’s cabins be honored for their unique role in giving the Southland her mother cuisine. It is important that we not only honor the Ancestors but provide a lifeline to contemporary communities and people of color looking for a better life in the new economy, a way out of the health and chronic illness crisis, and a way to reduce the vast food deserts that plague many of our communities. To honor the food past and provide for the food future is what Twitty calls, “culinary justice.”

Kosher/Soul is the brand that deals with what Twitty has termed “identity cooking.” Identity cooking isn’t about fusion; rather its how we construct complex identities and then express them through how we eat. Very few people in the modern West eat one cuisine or live within one culinary construct. Being Kosher/Soul is about melding the histories, tastes, flavors, and Diasporic wisdom of being Black and being Jewish. Both cultures express many of their cultural and spiritual values through the plate and Kosher/Soul is about that ongoing journey.

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The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South

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Michael W. Twitty

Culinary Historian & Author

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Michael W. Twitty Biography

Michael W. Twitty a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora and its legacy in the food culture of the American South. Twitty is a Judaic studies teacher from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and his interests include food culture, food history, Jewish cultural issues, African American history and cultural politics. Afroculinaria, Twitty's food blog, highlights and addresses food’s critical role in the development and definition of African American civilization and the politics of consumption and cultural ownership that surround it.

He’s appeared on "Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern," "Many Rivers to Cross with Dr. Henry Louis Gates," and has lectured to over 450 groups. He has served as a judge for the James Beard Awards and is a fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance and TED and was the first Revolutionary in Residence at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Southern Living named Twitty, one of "Fifty People Changing the South" and the Root.com added him to their 100 most influential African Americans under 45. He also made the Jewish Forwards list of most influential American Jews. HarperCollins released Twitty’s book "The Cooking Gene," in 2017, tracing his ancestry through food from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom, a finalist for The Kirkus Prize and The Art of Eating Prize and a third place winner of Barnes&Noble's Discover New Writer's Awards in Nonfiction. "The Cooking Gene" won the 2018 James Beard Award for best writing as well as book of the year, making him the first Black author so awarded. his piece on visiting Ghana in Bon Appetit was included in Best Food Writing in 2019 and was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award.

Twitty’s work is a braid of two distinct brands: the Antebellum Chef and Kosher/Soul. Antebellum Chef represents the vast number of unknown Black cooks across the Americas that were essential in the creation of the creole cuisines of Atlantic world. The reconstruction and revival of traditional African American foodways means seed keeping, growing heirlooms and heritage crops, raising heritage breeds and sustainably gathering and maintaining wild flora and fauna that our ancestors relied upon. The responsible exploration of the Southern food heritage demands that the cooks of colonial, federal era and antebellum kitchens and enslaved people’s cabins be honored for their unique role in giving the Southland her mother cuisine. It is important that we not only honor the Ancestors but provide a lifeline to contemporary communities and people of color looking for a better life in the new economy, a way out of the health and chronic illness crisis, and a way to reduce the vast food deserts that plague many of our communities. To honor the food past and provide for the food future is what Twitty calls, “culinary justice.”

Kosher/Soul is the brand that deals with what Twitty has termed “identity cooking.” Identity cooking isn’t about fusion; rather its how we construct complex identities and then express them through how we eat. Very few people in the modern West eat one cuisine or live within one culinary construct. Being Kosher/Soul is about melding the histories, tastes, flavors, and Diasporic wisdom of being Black and being Jewish. Both cultures express many of their cultural and spiritual values through the plate and Kosher/Soul is about that ongoing journey.

Michael W. Twitty Videos

  • Gastronomy and the social justice reality of food | Michael Twitty
    “Most of my life I’ve lived on the intersection of the illusion of race and the reality of food,” says culinary historian Michael Twitty. In...
  • SAC 2015 Keynote: Michael Twitty
    The Carolinas are no exception to the slow progress we’ve seen throughout the South to strengthen the ‘socially just’ leg of the sustainability...
  • Kosher/Soul | Michael Twitty
    Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty discusses African-American Jewish culinary identity, prepares black-eyed pea hummus, and explores how...

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  • How much does it cost to book Michael W. Twitty?

    Booking fees for Michael W. Twitty, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Michael W. Twitty, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Michael W. Twitty?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Michael W. Twitty for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Michael W. Twitty for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Michael W. Twitty or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Michael W. Twitty or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Michael W. Twitty is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Michael W. Twitty for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Michael W. Twitty generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ijeoma Oluo, Bobby Seale, Nikki Giovanni, Ilyasah Shabazz and Mitzi Miller. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Michael W. Twitty for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Michael W. Twitty Speaker Videos

  • Gastronomy and the social justice reality of food | Michael Twitty
    “Most of my life I’ve lived on the intersection of the illusion of race and the reality of food,” says culinary historian Michael Twitty. In this talk, he takes us on his journey seeking...
    SAC 2015 Keynote: Michael Twitty
    The Carolinas are no exception to the slow progress we’ve seen throughout the South to strengthen the ‘socially just’ leg of the sustainability stool. Michael W. Twitty, a talented writer,...
  • Kosher/Soul | Michael Twitty
    Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty discusses African-American Jewish culinary identity, prepares black-eyed pea hummus, and explores how African-American and Jewish traditions can mediate otherness...
    Talking 'Southern Discomfort': Foodcast with Michael Twitty
    Michael Twitty is a black culinary historian who recreates the antebellum kitchen by dressing in 19th century period attire, recreating historically accurate meals at historical sites–plantations...

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