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Michael Twitty discusses African-Jewish Cooking: Culinary Traditions, Identity, and Food

December 10, 2022
7:00 PM
Virtual Event

Award-winning culinary historian, food writer, teacher, and author Michael W. Twitty will discuss the connection between the foods and traditions of the African Atlantic and the global Jewish diaspora. He blogs at He’s appeared on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates and most recently Taste the Nation with Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi

His books, The Cooking Gene (2017), Rice: A Savor the South Cookbook (2021), and KosherSoul (2022), have been released to great acclaim. The Cooking Gene was a finalist for The Kirkus Prize and The Art of Eating Prize, a 3rd place winner of Barnes & Noble's Discover New Writer's Awards in Nonfiction and won the 2018 James Beard Award, making Twitty the first Black author so awarded.

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