Conversation with Michael Twitty

Thursday, Dec 16, 2021

Thursday, December 16 at 1 pm ET
Free with suggested $10 donation
See “Ways to Watch” below

Tune in as we get to know the James Beard Award-winning culinary historian and food writer Michael Twitty. We’ll talk about the highly anticipated  release of his third book, Koshersoul, which will focus on Jewish and Black food traditions through the eyes of Black Jews and Southerners who converted to Judaism, including his own. We’ll find out more about Twitty’s role as an educator in the Jewish community around Washington DC, his work as an interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, his recent appearance at the Netflix series High on the Hog, and his myriad other exciting projects.

The video below is a clip from PBS NewsHour featuring Michael Twitty and his work at Colonial Williamsburg.

About the Author

Michael W. Twitty is a living history interpreter, culinary historian, and food writer personally charged with teaching, documenting, and preserving the African American culinary traditions of the historic South and the wider African Atlantic world as well as parent traditions in Africa. He blogs at Afroculinaria. His first book, The Cooking Gene (HarperCollins 2017), won the 2018 James Beard Award, making him one of the few Black authors so awarded. Twitty’s latest book, Rice, is just out with UNC press. Koshersoul (HarperCollins), about his culinary journey as a Jew of African descent, will be out in 2022.

Ways to Watch

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