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The cooking gene : a journey through African American culinary history in the old south

Title
The cooking gene : a journey through African American culinary history in the old south / Michael W. Twitty.
Author
Twitty, Michael W., 1977-
Publication
[Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media, 2018.

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  • OverDrive, Inc.
  • Tantor Media.
Description
1 online resource (15 hr., 20 min.)
Summary
Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touchpoints in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes listeners to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine. Twitty travels from the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields to tell of the struggles his family faced and how food enabled his ancestors' survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and visits Civil War battlefields in Virginia, synagogues in Alabama, and black-owned organic farms in Georgia. As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the South's past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep-the power of food to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.
Subject
  • African American cooking > History
  • Cooking, American > History
  • African Americans > History. > Southern States
  • African Americans > Genealogy
  • Genetic genealogy
  • African American cooking
  • African Americans
  • Cooking, American > Southern style
  • Southern States
Genre/Form
  • Audiobooks.
  • Genealogy.
  • History.
ISBN
  • 9781541498075
  • 9781541488076
  • 1541488075
OCLC
  • 1024046335
  • 1024046335
Author
Twitty, Michael W., 1977- author, narrator.
Title
The cooking gene : a journey through African American culinary history in the old south / Michael W. Twitty.
Imprint
[Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Media, 2018.
Edition
Unabridged.
Type of Content
spoken word
Type of Medium
computer
Type of Carrier
online resource
Performer
Read by the author.
Source of description
Online resource; title from title details screen (OverDrive, viewed March 20, 2018).
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OverDrive, Inc.
Tantor Media.
Publisher No.
Z100131254 Recorded Books
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