Brightest Minds: Michael W. Twitty on Culinary Justice

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
9:30am to 11:30am EDT
Busboys & Poets
2021 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
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Food, social, and environmental justice – these are a few of the ideas that speak to the better world we strive for. An internationally recognized food writer and culinary historian, Michael W. Twitty promotes an extension of these concepts in his notion of “culinary justice”: the idea that historically oppressed peoples should be recognized for their contribution to national and global food traditions and have the opportunity to prosper from this knowledge.
Michael’s work focuses on African American food and folk culture. He is a living history interpreter and chef, one of few experts of his craft: the re-construction of early Southern cuisine as prepared by enslaved African American cooks. Michael has developed a unique art form that explores the intersections of history, justice, and – most importantly – food. His art provides insights and perspective on how culinary justice can further cultural understanding, wellness, and community building.
Michael has been profiled in numerous publications, including theNew York Times, Ebony, and the Huffington Post. His work has been included in a number of volumes on culinary history, and in 2013 he made several TV appearances. Michael blogs at
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