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Understanding Your Plate Is Understanding Yourself by Tastemaker Michael Twitty

Food for me is a vehicle for exploring every part of who I am. I'm African American, Jewish, gay, Southern, a man of size. Each of these pieces is a part of my journey and I look to our collective histories as well as those of my own ancestors to understand the food I teach about and cook. In this collection, I explore the food that shaped my identity, and the recipes that honor it, from an Ethiopian twist on an Ashkenazi standby to a soup that celebrates Black resilience.

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    My Table Tells My Story

    Food is also resistance and revolution and that deeply informs my work as a culinary historian and educator. I use food to dive deep into our origins partly so we don't repeat the traumas of history and so we heal old wounds with honesty, respect and in the spirit of celebration of our survival. These recipes honor my history, celebrate my ancestors who shaped American cuisine and bring joy to my table.

    A feast of African-American culinary contributions

    A feast of African-American culinary contributions

    Combining Social Activism with Southern Cuisine | Cooking With Pride
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    Combining Social Activism with Southern Cuisine | Cooking With Pride

    Explore the Origins of The Southern Table

    Culinary historian and educator Michael Twitty travels the routes of his ancestors in the Old South, immersing himself in a complex weaving of food history and politics, genealogy and genetics, and discovers on the way surprising truths about family, identity, and the destiny of the Southern table.

    The Cooking Gene Spice Collection

    Each spice mixture represents a different stage in the historical journey of African American foodways and honors the lives of Black men and women who signify the flavors of each point in time. All of the people honored here passed on outside of the status of being in bondage.

    The Cooking Gene Spice Collection

    The Cooking Gene Spice Collection

    This collection includes the following salt-free spice blends: Ayuba Ibn Sulayman and Duchess Quamino West African Heritage Mix, Hercules and Hemmings Kitchen Pepper, Mr. Wesley Jones Antebellum BBQ Spice and Hazel C. Todd Chicken Seasoning

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