Michael Twitty is a culinary historian and author of the memoir, "The Cooking Gene."
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Michael Twitty is a culinary historian and author of the memoir, "The Cooking Gene."

Culinary historian Michael Twitty traces his ancestry through food in "The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South." The memoir won the 2018 James Beard Foundation's Award for Book of the Year. In it, Twitty explores the complex question of who owns Southern food.

GPB's Tony Harris spoke with Twitty about why he wanted to wrestle with that question and his passion for food justice.

GPB's Tony Harris speaks with Michael Twitty.

Their conversation was featured on "The Bitter Southerner Podcast," a collaboration between GPB and The Bitter Southerner. The podcast is hosted by Chuck Reece, editor of The Bitter Southerner.

 

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