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Michael Twitty – Demo and Dinner

Michael Twitty, James Beard Award-winning food writer, independent scholar, and culinary historian, describes himself as outside the mainstream and “four time blessed” – “large of body, gay, African American and Jewish.”

In what he calls ‘Kosher/Soul,’ Michael champions what he has termed “identity cooking.” Identity cooking isn’t about fusion; rather it is how we construct complex identities that we express through food and taste. Kosher/Soul is about melding the histories, tastes, flavors, and Diasporic wisdom of being Black and being Jewish, and exploring how both cultures express values through the plate.

Join Michael Twitty for a  Kosher/Soul cooking demonstration, dinner and conversation with Jeff Gabel of Kitchen Kibitz about sharing cultures by sharing  cuisines.

Click here for more information about Twitty’s James Beard Award winning book, The Cooking Gene.


$55 General Admission

Admission includes a demo of Michael’s Black Bean Hummus and dinner, sampling some of Michael’s recipes.

Dinner Menu

Mac and Cheese Noodle Kugel –  “An unusual combo of sweet and savory flavors and crisp and creamy textures. It reaches into the history of two cultures that may seem at first blush to be far apart, but one taste of this dish and you will know three things: that they that share so very much, that they need to embrace each other more, and that they both have so very much to offer one another.” – Tami Weiser

Leftover Couscous Salad – “Couscous is one of my favorite foods.  I didn’t eat much of it until I became part of Sephardic Jewish culture, but couscous is part and parcel of the traditional diet of North/West Africa where it can be breakfast, lunch or dinner.” – Michael Twitty

Kosher/Soul Collards

Southern Harvest Soup – Sukkot was one of the inspirations for the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving.  In the Koshersoul way we take the holiday of Sukkot and use it as a background for traditional Southern ingredients and flavors.” – Michael Twitty

Copies of Michael’s book The Cooking Gene  are available for $25, purchase your copy at checkout.


Presented in partnership with the Museum of African American History. This Scholar in Residency was made possible with support from the CJP Jewish Learning and Engagement Commission.

Event information

June 13th, 2018
7:00 pm




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