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

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

by Michael W. Twitty, 444 pages, 5x7½, paperback. “The old South is a place where people use food to tell themselves who they are, to tell others who they are, and to tell stories about where they’ve been.” Thus begins Michael Twitty’s sojourn through that telling, mapped by his family, his genealogy, his history and landscape. Personal and personable, the stories build into a bigger conversation about race in America. Underlying it all is the food: sugar, yams, corn, rice, etc. that we know and love, transforming as we discover how the foodways of enslaved peoples became the foodways of today. Twitty’s detailed and visceral recollection and reconstruction builds to the reckoning that comes from truly understanding where we’ve been and how we got here. And as we savor and digest the information presented, it provides a good basis for understanding the Black Benefit Sharing enacted in this catalog (see page 4). -Nikos Kavanya NEW!


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