The Grand Opening Weekend finishes with a flourish on Tuesday, September 26th with a special appearance from Michael Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South. This event will include a special meal inspired by the book (to be announced!) and a signed copy for each attendee. We’re honored to host this renowned culinary historian for his only event in Baltimore.
“Slavery made the world of our ancestors incredibly remote to us. Thankfully, the work of Michael W. Twitty helps restore our awareness of their struggles and successes bite by bite, giving us a true taste of the past.” — Dr. Henry Louis Gates, host of PBS’ Many Rivers to Cross and Finding Your Roots
“The Cooking Gene is a revelation. Michael W. Twitty approaches his ancestral and culinary history from Africa to America, and occasionally back to Europe, with the precision of a surgeon and the passion of an artist. His adept storytelling carried me away to another time and I am deeply moved by the experience.” — Carla Hall, co-host of The Chew, author of Cooking with Love and Carla’s Comfort Foods
“Michael W. Twitty shines a stunningly bright light on the state of Southern food with this quest to find himself. He is a clarion, focusing our minds on what this state of sustenance really means, where it comes from and the impacts it has had and still has. The Cooking Gene is a much-needed addition to the culinary perspective of American food.” — Hugh Acheson, chef and author of A New Turn in the South
“Written in Michael W. Twitty’s no-nonsense style and interlaced with moments of levity, The Cooking Gene is gritty, compelling, and enlightening – a mix of personal narrative and the history of race, politics, economics and enslavement that will broaden notions of African-American culinary identity.” — Toni Tipton-Martin, James Beard Award-winning author of The Jemima Code
“Fascinating.” — New York Times Book Review
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