Michael W. Twitty

Culinary and Cultural Historian
Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a noted culinary and cultural historian who interprets the experiences of enslaved African Americans through food and its preparation. He created Afroculinaria.com, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy, and was honored by FirstWeFeast.com as one of twenty greatest food bloggers of all time. He has appeared on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, Many Rivers to Cross with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, and has lectured to more than 250 groups including at Yale, Oxford and Carnegie Mellon Universities, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Michael has been invited to speak around the world, from the MAD Symposium in Copenhagen to the Guardian Festival of Ideas in London to film festivals in Jerusalem, all on culinary justice and the African American impact on Southern foodways. His work has been featured in many publications and websites including Ebony, The Guardian, Eater.com and NPR’s Codeswitch blog.  He has appeared on NPR on a number of occasions including being interviewed on the acclaimed food program, The Splendid Table.  He has also served as a judge for the James Beard Awards and is a Smith fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance and has most recently been named a TED fellow and speaker.  He was recently named one of “Fifty People Changing the South” by Southern Living and one of the “Five Cheftavists to Watch” by TakePart.Com. HarperCollins will release Twitty’s first major book in 2017: The Cooking Gene, which traces his ancestry through food from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.
Afroculinaria.com

Michael W. Twitty's Events

3 - 4 pmSaturday

Race and Food in the South: A Conversation with Michael Twitty and Corby Kummer

Michael W. Twitty

Michael Twitty, culinary historian, historical-cooking teacher and author of the influential Africulinaria blog and of the new book The...

Festival Tent
Included with Admission
4:15 - 4:45 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty

Join Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, for a book signing in The Shop Tent on the West...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
11:45 am - 12:15 pmSaturday

Book Signing: Michael Twitty

Michael W. Twitty

Join Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene, for a book signing in The Shop Tent on the West...

The Shop Tent on the West Lawn
Included with Admission
10:30 - 11:30 amSaturday

The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African-American Culinary History in the Old South

Michael W. Twitty

Michael Twitty is in tenacious pursuit of his family’s personal history.  Michael traces his genealogy from Africa and Europe...

Festival Tent
Included with Admission