Capitol Hill Garden Club In Washington, D.C., Since 1952

The Pepper in your Pot, 400 Years of African American Sowing and Growing

  • November 12, 2014
  • 7:30 PM
  • Northeast Library, 330 Seventh Street NE Washington, D. C. 20002

Featuring:  Michael Twitty

Do you snack on peanuts or grow okra in your community garden? 

Culinary historian Michael Twitty will share his knowledge about plants and cultivation practices that people of African descent have contributed to ornamental gardening, agriculture, and the culinary arts of the United States.

Michael is a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora and its legacy in the food culture of the American South. Through his study and work, Michael strives to represents the vast number of unknown Black cooks across the Americas that were essential in the creation of the creole cuisines. The reconstruction and revival of traditional African American foodways includes seed keeping, growing heirlooms and heritage crops, raising heritage breeds and sustainably gathering and maintaining wild flora and fauna that our ancestors relied upon. The responsible exploration of the southern food heritage demands that the cooks of colonial, federal era and antebellum kitchens and enslaved people’s cabins be honored for their unique role in giving the nation it cuisine. He believes that it is important that we not only honor the Ancestors, but provide a lifeline to contemporary communities and people of color looking for a better life in the new economy, a way out of the health and chronic illness crisis, and a way to reduce the vast food deserts that plague many of our communities. To honor the food past and provide for the food future is what Michael calls “culinary justice.” Michael authors a food blog, Afroculinaria, which features issues of culinary justice each month, In 2016, look for Michael's book, The Cooking Gene.

Please Note: This meeting is on a Wednesday!

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