We're thrilled to announce the Jarry Book Club, where we'll periodically share books that we think you'll like—memoirs, history, humor, cookbooks, and more—and create opportunities for us all to gather (mostly online) to discuss them.
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By Michael W. Twitty
—Facebook Live Discussion with the author took place Wednesday, September 27th—
If you’ve been following the work of Michael W. Twitty for the past several years, The Cooking Gene is exactly the thoughtful, incisive, evocative, and vitally important book you’d expect from him. Using his family history as a lens for tracing the food history of the South, it's part memoir, part culinary history, and part cultural history. He travels to plantations and rice farms, sifts through genealogy archives and cookbooks and passed-down recipes, assembling his narrative piece by piece from what few records are available. He recalls his coming out, conversion to Judaism, and awakenings to the legacy of slavery, but as an on-the-ground examination of food in the South, he speaks directly to conversations about food and appropriation we’re having today. “Nothing ever really escapes memory,” he writes, “and even the things we forget are often condemned to it.”
Thank you to all who tuned into our conversation with Michael. Check back soon for word on our next Jarry Book Club Pick, and be sure to use the buttons above to join the club and suggest titles for consideration.