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The Cooking Gene

by Michael W. Twitty category: Book

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The Cooking Gene

My first baby food was cornbread and potlikker, the broth from a pot of collard greens; the first taste of the world given to multiple generations of my family going back to the time of slavery. However, growing up in a world of flashing color TV’s with kid-seducing pizza, chicken nuggets, burgers and fries led me astray.

  Like many African American kids the search for identity and a sense of place put me through mental contortions before I found a way into our story through food. In the process I went on a journey that would lead me back through the Old South to our Ancestor’s origins in Africa, tasting from the pots of Southerners of all colors and in turn I got a lesson in the real meaning of the word family. The Cooking Gene is a genealogical detective story, a culinary treasure map, a blueprint for finding your roots, a series of history lessons, a revealing memoir and a spiritual confessional sprinkled with recipes.

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Michael W. Twitty

African American-Jewish culinary historian and food writer, blogger at www.Afroculinaria.com and author of the new book, The Cooking Gene (HarperCollins) August 1, 2017.

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