The Cooking Gene

The Cooking Gene

A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South

Book - 2017
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"A memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces the paths of the author's ancestors (black and white) through the crucible of slavery to show its effects on our food today"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062379290
0062379291
9780062379276
0062379275
Characteristics: xvii, 443 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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lariatlaur
Feb 28, 2018

Michael is an amazing food historian, chef, food revolutionary, and a kind, curious, and honest guy. His book is as far-reaching, innovative, and surprising as he is. It’s a memoir that starts in the kitchen and radiates out into everything else. But somehow this book is not just about Michael's life, it’s about all of the African American experience, and therefore, about all of the American experience. It's a gumbo of culinary traditions, historic recipes, local foods, mixed families, culture, sexuality, spirituality, and politics. It helped me better understand what being an American is all about and how our food connects us with the rest of the world.

Yes, it could have used a little more editing here and there, but a page later we’re off on the next intriguing adventure. And there are so many passages of searing brilliance, as when Michael observes, “The privilege of living now is that I can seat myself at the master’s table — the table of my white ancestor, a slaveholder — and interpret his world, and he has no say.” Yep, we’re finally getting to hear the rest of the story.

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nerowolfgal
Sep 03, 2017

Brilliant, thought-provoking......AND a easy-reading style that makes turning the pages of this magnificent book about identity, history, and finally finding and appreciating your own self and culture addictive.

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