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The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by [Michael W. Twitty]
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“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 Starred Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation's Book Of The Year Award!

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.

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touchpoints in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.

Twitty travels from the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking 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 He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and visits Civil War battlefields in Virginia, synagogues in Alabama, and black-owned organic farms in Georgia.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. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep--the power of food to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.

--Dr. Henry Louis Gates, host of PBS' Many Rivers to Cross and Finding Your Roots --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B01BSJIBJI
  • Publisher : Amistad; Illustrated edition (August 1, 2017)
  • Publication date : August 1, 2017
  • Language : English
  • File size : 7265 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 464 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an insightful book that takes you on a journey and allows you to taste along the way.
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