Members can discover their family history through food!
Award-winning writer Michael Twitty teaches a MasterClass on tracing bloodline through food, Washington Informant reports.
In 2018, Twitty made history as the first African-American author to receive the James Beard Book of the Year Award, for his book “The Cooking Gene.” He is also the founder of Afroculinaria, a blog that explores culinary history, African and African American eating habits. Now, Twitty is ready to lead a unique digital MasterClass, helping others discover and document their family food stories through storytelling, genealogy and writing. Twitty hopes to use food culture to help others discover the unique cultural and family history of their ancestors, emphasizing the importance of recording and preserving family food history.
“As someone with multiple intersections of identities – black, gay, Jewish, southern, male – all of these things put together mean that if my experience is something rich and worthy of dialogue, so is yours… Understanding the culinary journey of our ancestors gives us something to be proud of and in my class I will be teaching members how to preserve the legacy of their ancestors and continue to tell their story through food,” Twitty said. .
In the course, Twitty will dive deep into the meaning and importance of eating habits, those cultural and social practices regarding food that are inherited. It will also explore the history of the foodways as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade and the pre-war South, taking a deeper look at the impact of racism on black food offerings and customs. Twitty will also give an in-depth guide on how to interview family members to create your own unique culinary DNA story. And of course, the course won’t be complete without some first-hand cooking lessons, with Twitty guiding viewers on how to cook African-American staples like black-eyed pea fritters and okra stew.
The goal is for users to not only walk away with a renewed appreciation for food and its complex history, but also to shine a light on their own culinary stories, allowing them a deeper and more personal connection with their family and their culture.
“Michael is a culinary historian who has revolutionized the way we understand what we eat. He roots his class in his personal journey, teaching members how to see food as a lens and a vehicle for understanding who we are, where we come from, and how to preserve a family legacy,” said David Rogier, Founder and CEO of Master Class.
Twitty joins a new list of MasterClasses spotlighting black history this month. The platform recently announced a list of more than 50 free MasterClasses which include lessons from Angela Davis, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Cornel West.
Michael Twitty’s MasterClass is currently available on www.masterclass.com.
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