FROSTBURG — Frostburg State University’s Center for Literary Arts presents a reading by Michael W. Twitty from his award-winning book “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South” on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Lyric Theatre at 20 E. Main St.

“The Cooking Gene” is a food memoir that explores the influence that the enslavement of Africans by European settlers had on foodways and history of the old South. The book includes personal narratives and recipes with African, Native American and European roots. It won the 2019 James Beard Foundation Book Award and was a finalist for The Kirkus Prize in nonfiction, the Art of Eating Prize and a Barnes and Noble New Discoveries award.

Twitty is an African American and Jewish writer, independent scholar, culinary historian and historical interpreter. He runs a blog, Afroculinaria, which covers African and African American foodways. He is also a Judaic studies teacher in Washington, D.C.

In “The Cooking Gene,” Twitty describes the methods that African Americans used to cook on plantations, his travels to the South to learn about his family’s history and to authentically reproduce meal preparation experiences that former enslaved Africans may have had.

For more information, contact Jennifer Browne, director of the Frostburg Center for Literary Arts, at 301-687-4340 or jabrowne@frostburg.edu

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