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Charlotte Talks: Southern Food- Past, Present, And Future With Michael Twitty


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mike Collins talks with culinary and cultural historian Michael Twitty and others about southern food roots and about Twitty's new book The Cooking Gene, about how he traced his ancestry back to 1624 in North Carolina and the part food plays in his personal history and in the history of the South.

This is the time of year that food becomes even more important, as we plan or attend holiday parties, and a time when tradition and history regarding our food are top of mind.

In the South, this seems even more prevalent, where food is such a large part of our cultural identity. That’s certainly true for culinary and cultural historian Michael Twitty.

His new book The Cooking Gene traces his ancestry back to 1624 in North Carolina where he opens the door to conversations about race, politics, and the origins of different types of Southern food tradition.

Host Mike Collins talks with Michael Twitty about his food roots, and with a Charlotte chef and the Charlotte Observer’s food editor about how Southern Food is part of our past, present and future, when Charlotte Talks.


Michael Twitty is in town for an event at The Asbury in Charlotte. Information here.


Michael Twitty, culinary and cultural historian and author of the book The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South.

Chef Matthew Krenz, executive chef and culinary director at The Asbury. 

Kathleen Purvis, food editor for the Charlotte Observer.