Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a recognized culinary historian, community scholar, and living history interpreter, focusing on historic African American food and folk culture. He is also a seasoned Jewish educator of over a decade with a specific interest in Jewish folk culture and its links to food.

He is the creator, writer, and editor of Afroculinaria, the first website and blog devoted to the preservation of historic African American foods and foodways. Afroculinaria follows Michael’s own journey as African American Jew in creating his own culinary traditions.

Michael has conducted classes and workshops, written curricula and educational programs, and given lectures and performed cooking demonstrations for over 200 organizations. He is currently working on a book based on his Cooking Gene project, exploring the link between culinary history, family history and genetics.

Articles

Soulfood for Shavuot

Soulfood for Shavuot

06/06/2016
Shavuot is one of the rare Jewish holidays that really specifies a dairy meal.
An Afro-Ashkefardi Recipe For Rosh Hashanah

An Afro-Ashkefardi Recipe For Rosh Hashanah

09/09/2014
From black-eyed pea hummus spiked with homemade horseradish harissa to matzoh-meal fried chicken cooked in shmaltz, to peach noodle kugels touched with garam masala, Afro-Ashkefardi is my way of cooking Jewish.
“Kosher Soul” Shabbat

“Kosher Soul” Shabbat

12/05/2013
If you could only cook three dishes for Shabbat dinner what would they be?