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Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew Hardcover – August 9, 2022
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“Twitty makes the case that Blackness and Judaism coexist in beautiful harmony, and this is manifested in the foods and traditions from both cultures that Black Jews incorporate into their daily lives…Twitty wishes to start a conversation where people celebrate their differences and embrace commonalities. By drawing on personal narratives, his own and others’, and exploring different cultures, Twitty’s book offers important insight into the journeys of Black Jews.”—Library Journal
“A fascinating, cross-cultural smorgasbord grounded in the deep emotional role food plays in two influential American communities.”—Booklist
The James Beard award-winning author of the acclaimed The Cooking Gene explores the cultural crossroads of Jewish and African diaspora cuisine and issues of memory, identity, and food.
In Koshersoul, Michael W. Twitty considers the marriage of two of the most distinctive culinary cultures in the world today: the foods and traditions of the African Atlantic and the global Jewish diaspora. To Twitty, the creation of African-Jewish cooking is a conversation of migrations and a dialogue of diasporas offering a rich background for inventive recipes and the people who create them.
The question that most intrigues him is not just who makes the food, but how the food makes the people. Jews of Color are not outliers, Twitty contends, but significant and meaningful cultural creators in both Black and Jewish civilizations. Koshersoul also explores how food has shaped the journeys of numerous cooks, including Twitty’s own passage to and within Judaism.
As intimate, thought-provoking, and profound as The Cooking Gene, this remarkable book teases the senses as it offers sustenance for the soul.
Koshersoul includes 48-50 recipes.
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“In this fascinating book — which includes recipes — Twitty explores, as he puts it, “the intersections between food and identity.”
— Washington Post
“Twitty makes the case that Blackness and Judaism coexist in beautiful harmony, and this is manifested in the foods and traditions from both cultures that Black Jews incorporate into their daily lives…Twitty wishes to start a conversation where people celebrate their differences and embrace commonalities. By drawing on personal narratives, his own and others’, and exploring different cultures, Twitty’s book offers important insight into the journeys of Black Jews.”
— Library Journal
“…a fascinating, cross-cultural smorgasbord grounded in the deep emotional role food plays in two influential American communities.”
“Serving up a hefty helping of heart and wit, Twitty’s narrative is thrilling in its originality.”
— Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Michael W. Twitty is a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. He has been honored by FirstWeFeast.com as one of the twenty greatest food bloggers of all time, and named one of the “Fifty People Who Are Changing the South” by Southern Living and one of the “Five Cheftavists to Watch” by TakePart.com. Twitty has appeared throughout the media, including on NPR’s The Splendid Table, and has given more than 250 talks in the United States and abroad. His work has appeared in Ebony, the Guardian, and on NPR.org. He is also a Smith fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance, a TED fellow and speaker, and the first Revolutionary in Residence at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Twitty lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- Publisher : Amistad (August 9, 2022)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062891758
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062891754
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #114,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #29 in Kosher Cooking (Books)
- #131 in Gastronomy History (Books)
- #208 in Southern U.S. Cooking, Food & Wine
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"We talk about the food we had before and the food we’re going to eat next while eating the meal at hand. We beg of our loved ones to partake in food as if we actually need to eat our oppression. Our stereotypical foods have become shorthand for inside jokes we tell almost definitely at the deepest hatreds facing us. We sprinkle on our food traditions, sarcasm, and irony. Still, there is a lot of memory in our heads, and on our tables, lots of love from parent to child sighs of security when we realize our menus translate our means of survival across millennia."
If that alone doesn't sum me and my family up then I'm sure I'll find that later as I go. Expect more when I finish the book.
Incidents of discrimination are somehow always a surprise and at the same time always expected. Oppression is simply a baseline fear that is carried around by those in the vulnerable minority and many of those who live within a majority are unaware of the constant hurts experienced by those seen as different.
Michael follows his soul through the pages, describing what it feels like to show up with everything you are and be denied the experience of community.
Sharing in his journey has helped me to understand more about my own world and how I can be more compassionate, both to myself and to those around me.
Most fascinating of the history and culture knowledge imparted that is not taught or we'll known.
As usual his recipe and menu addition was very enlightening and we'll written.