A Little Jewish Soul Food

February 17, 2013
BY Rochelle Eisenberg

Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty, a scholar of traditional African American food culture, will appear at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, this Sunday, Feb 19, 1 — 3 p.m.

Twitty, an expert on the foodways of enslaved African-Americans, has explored the culinary tradition of Africa, African- Americans and the African Diaspora. At the same time, he also is a convert to Judaism and a Judaics teacher in the Washington, D.C.-area.

Sunday’s program will showcase a fusion of these two cultures, as Twitty incorporates ingredients from both to create new culinary traditions.

In addition, he will speak about how he identifies with both cultures and how this comes out in
his cooking.

The program is free with museum admission and is being offered in conjunction with the exhibit “Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity.”