The Cooking Gene

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By way of The Cooking Gene, Michael W. Twitty's historical tour de force of African American Southern cooking, Twitty does not put the long line of exceptional Black cooks on the Southern culinary map, he shows that they ARE the map-- beyond the landmarks, they are the very terrain from and upon which this region's food traditions are planted, nurtured and cultivated. His family story and culinary odyssey make for inspiring reading and ultimately, the book is deeply enlightening both as a memoir and a historical reference.