Michael W. Twitty

11/13/2018 | Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Readings & Lectures Capitol Hill/Central District

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South (Amistad Press), an 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.

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