Africa to Texas: A Juneteenth Journey

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The live presentation occurred Monday, June 14.  A recorded program will be available on-demand at on June 19.  


Join James Beard Award winning culinary historian Michael W. Twitty in conversation about the African roots of Texas cooking and the culinary practices of Juneteenth. Presented via ZOOM.


About Michael W. Twitty

portrait of Michael Twitty 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 its connections with the wider African Atlantic world as well as parent traditions in Africa. He blogs at He’s appeared on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, and most recently Taste the Nation with Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi and a special guest appearance in Michelle Obama’s Waffles and Mochi show on Netflix.  HarperCollins released Twitty’s The Cooking Gene, in 2017, tracing his ancestry through food from West and Central Africa to America and from slavery to freedom. The Cooking Gene won the 2018 James Beard Award for best writing as well as the book of the year, making him the first Black author so awarded. His piece on visiting Ghana in Bon Appetit was included in Best Food Writing in 2019 and was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award. Twitty’s next book, Rice with UNC press is currently fresh off the presses. Koshersoul, about his culinary journey as a Jew of African descent, will be out in 2022 through HarperCollins.



  • Monday, June 14, 2021 | 07:00 PM