Photo courtesy of Michael W. Twitty

FoodWords and Ideas

Kosher/Soul: Black and Jewish Foodways

Thursday, April 13, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

About the Program

In these two programs, Michael W. Twitty, the acclaimed African American Jewish food writer, culinary historian, and TED Fellow, explores race, culture, food, faith, and history through what he calls “Kosher/Soul.”

Discovering Kosher/Soul

Thursday, April 13, 2:00 p.m.

The intersections between heritage, faith, and family in both the African and Jewish diasporas have inspired thousands of African American Jews to foster rich material, social, and spiritual lives that interweave these cultural identities and histories. In this afternoon talk, Michael W. Twitty shares his personal journey and discusses the experience of being both African American and Jewish.  

Make a day of it! Before the program, grab lunch at Zeidler’s Café, or browse the carefully selected merchandise available in Audrey’s Museum Store.


Kosher/Soul in the Kitchen
Featuring a Tasting of Michael W. Twitty’s Recipes

Thursday, April 13, 8:00 p.m.

Map the historical and cultural connections between the African and Jewish diasporas through food. In this talk and cooking demonstration, Michael W. Twitty explores the ways African Americans and Jews have used food to reconcile otherness and oppression, illuminating the global stories offered by diasporic foodways. Inspired by the Passover Seder, Twitty will prepare a sampling of recipes from his forthcoming cookbook, The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African-American Culinary History in the Old South.  

More to Explore

Watch Michael W. Twitty's TED Talk on "Gastronomy and the Social Justice Reality of Food."