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Michael W. Twitty      

Culinary Historian & Author

Michael W. Twitty is an African-American and Jewish writer, culinary historian, and educator. He is the author of The Cooking Gene, which won the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Book of the Year as well as the category for writing. The book was also a finalist for The Kirkus Prize in nonfiction, the Art of Eating Prize and a Barnes and Noble New Discoveries finalist in nonfiction.

In 2010, Twitty launched Afroculinaria, a culinary history blog that covers African and African-American foodways. In 2011, he began his "Cooking Gene" project, which would form the basis for his 2017 book The Cooking Gene.

For the "Cooking Gene" project, and in his book The Cooking Gene, Twitty traces his ancestry through from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom.

Twitty is also the first ever Revolutionary in Residence at Colonial Williamsburg, and the founder of the "Southern Discomfort Tour", a journey through the American South designed to raise awareness about the impact racism had on Southern cuisine.

He has received the inaugural Culinary Pioneer Award from Tastetalks and won both readers choice and editors choice for his letter to chef Sean Brock on Afroculinaria from Saveur. Southern Living named Twitty, one of "Fifty People Changing the South and the Root.com added him to their 100 most influential African Americans under 45.


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