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African-Jewish Cooking: A Cultural Crossroads with Culinary Historian Michael W. Twitty

In-Person and Online Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Friday, August 12, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1L0470
In-person Ticket Holders: Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
Online Ticket Holders: Zoom
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Registration Advisory: This program has multiple ticket options depending on your choice to attend in person at a S. Dillon Ripley Center or as an online program using Zoom. Before you register, please refer to our in-person vs. online program procedural documentation to learn about our current terms and conditions. Also, in-person ticket registration will end by 12 p.m. ET on Friday, August 12.

Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty is fascinated by the marriage of two of the most distinctive culinary cultures in the world today: the foods and traditions of the African Atlantic and the global Jewish diaspora. To Twitty, the creation of African-Jewish cooking is a conversation of migrations and a dialogue of diasporas offering a rich background for inventive recipes and the people who create them. 

Drawing on his new book Koshersoul, Twitty examines what most intrigues him in this fusion: It’s not just who makes the food, but how the food makes the people. Jews of color are not outliers, he contends, but significant and meaningful cultural creators in both Black and Jewish civilizations. Twitty also explores how food has shaped the journeys of numerous cooks, including his own passage to and within Judaism.

In conversation with Psyche Williams-Forson, professor of American studies at the University of Maryland, join the James Beard Award–winning author as he explores the cultural crossroads of Jewish and African diaspora cuisines, as well as issues of memory, identity, and food.

Copies of Koshersoul (Amistad) are available for purchase.

Book Sale Information

  • Purchase your copy of Koshersoul by Michael Twitty here.
  • SPECIAL NOTE: Politics and Prose is offering a 10% discount to Smithsonian Associates ticket-holders. To claim your discount, enter the code SPECIAL10 (no space between letters and numbers) in the “Coupon discount” section on Politics and Prose's check-out page.
  • For In-Person Program Patrons: The featured book will be available for purchase and signing at the program.