Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew
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About the Author
Michael W. Twitty is a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. He has been honored by FirstWeFeast.com as one of the twenty greatest food bloggers of all time, and named one of the "Fifty People Who Are Changing the South" by Southern Living and one of the "Five Cheftavists to Watch" by TakePart.com. Twitty has appeared throughout the media, including on NPR's The Splendid Table, and has given more than 250 talks in the United States and abroad. His work has appeared in Ebony, the Guardian, and on NPR.org. He is also a Smith fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance, a TED fellow and speaker, and the first Revolutionary in Residence at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Twitty lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
"In this fascinating book -- which includes recipes -- Twitty explores, as he puts it, "the intersections between food and identity."
-- Washington Post
"Twitty makes the case that Blackness and Judaism coexist in beautiful harmony, and this is manifested in the foods and traditions from both cultures that Black Jews incorporate into their daily lives...Twitty wishes to start a conversation where people celebrate their differences and embrace commonalities. By drawing on personal narratives, his own and others', and exploring different cultures, Twitty's book offers important insight into the journeys of Black Jews."
-- Library Journal
"...a fascinating, cross-cultural smorgasbord grounded in the deep emotional role food plays in two influential American communities."
"Serving up a hefty helping of heart and wit, Twitty's narrative is thrilling in its originality."
-- Publishers Weekly