Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is an award-winning food writer and culinary historian who covers African and African American historic foodways. Michael first became interested in traditional cooking as a child when he went on a trip to Colonial Williamsburg. In 2010, he created Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. He is the author of the book “The Cooking Gene,” which won the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Book of the Year. Michael has appeared on several TV and radio shows including NPR’s The Splendid Table and has written for Ebony, The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, and many other publications. He is also a TED fellow and speaker and has given more than 250 talks in the United States and abroad. Originally from Washington, D.C., Michael now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

• 10+ years of experience as a food writer
• Won the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book of the Year Award for “The Cooking Gene” (HarperCollins/Amistad, 2017)
• Named one of the “Fifty People Who Are Changing the South” by Southern Living
• Smith fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance
• First Revolutionary in Residence at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
• Named one of the “20 Greatest Food Bloggers of All Time” by FirstWeFeast.com
• Named one of the “Five Cheftavists to Watch” by TakePart.com
• Majored in African American studies and anthropology at Howard University


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