Episode 151 Fried Chicken Tracing The African Roots With Michael Twitty

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On todays episode of A Taste of the Past host Linda Pelaccio talks about the huge craze that surrounds fried foods fried chicken The guest on todays show is Michael Twitty culinary historian of African and African American foods What makes each fried chicken dish so special Learn more about the history behind fried chicken its many cultural influences and what truly makes fried chicken the comfort food for so many Also find out about Michaels latest project The Cooking Gene which aims to promote greater awareness of African American contributions to the development of Southern cuisine promote community service and development support the local economies of Southern communities and African American food producers and encourage a dialogue that leads to racial reconciliation and healing in communities whose history and culture is a legacy of slavery and the slave trade Lastly Tonya Hopkins The Food Griot talks about Edna Lewis and how she has inspired American cuisine today Also listen to a recent panel at the New School discussing Chef Edna Lewis at the link below http youtu be J0A3Ba9OhtA This program has been sponsored by S Wallace Edwards and Sons When I make chicken for me its always a transformative transcendent and ritual experience 8 43 Thats the thing that excites me We just dont tell these stories enough 22 35 — Michael Twitty on A Taste of the Past Griot means storyteller I see the world through the lens of food and therefore I am food storyteller or the food griot 25 10 — Tonya Hopkins on A Taste of the Past Click here to visit this podcast episode