Dining From a Haunted Plate: Michael W Twitty LectureDining From a Haunted Plate: Michael W Twitty Lecturehttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/248261Swarthmore College, Science Center 1992013-10-08T19:00:002013-10-08T21:00:00
October 8,2013 7:00PM–9:00PM
Swarthmore College, Science Center 199
Culinary historian and antebellum chef Michael W. Twitty discusses his exploration of culture, and identity through the history of African-American foodways with cooking and scholarship.
“To the African-Americans, the first question was usually, “Where are your people from? “My answer was always, “Yonder”…The food told them I was kin. The food was pointing in the direction where I was, where I belonged, what I was a part of, and what I brought to the table. My terroir was not the asphalt and parkland, green space and rooftop gardens and honeybee laced urban air–it was the fields and farms of the past, the scary scary past–the colonial and antebellum past—with its bayous, backwoods, creeks, swamps, mountainsides, Black Belts, sandy bottomlands and sweeping subtropical valleys. My terroir was my enslaved past–and the enslaved past of us all.”
Michael W. Twitty illuminates the connection between the nation’s history and its foodways. His lecture takes us on a culinary history tour designed to restore knowledge of the culture, language and skills of people who work created southern and American cuisine.
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