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Cooking and Conversation With Culinary Historian Michael Twitty at the American Revolution Museum
Submitted by Tracy Perkins

CookMT imageYORKTOWN, Va., April 17, 2018 — Explore the multicultural heritage of southern cooking during a special afternoon culinary event on Saturday, April 28, featuring cooking and conversation with Michael W. Twitty, African American and Jewish culinary historian and author. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the museum's re-created Revolution-era farm.

Twitty, a food writer from the Washington, D.C., area, is author of "The Cooking Gene," tracing his ancestry from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom. Released by Harper Collins in 2017, the book is a finalist for The Kirkus Prize, a literary award. He also is a nominee for the 2018 James Beard Award for writing. Twitty will sign copies of his book following the presentation, and visitors are encouraged to purchase them in the museum gift shop in advance of the afternoon event.

Twitty blogs at, has appeared on "Bizarre Foods America" with Andrew Zimmern and "Many Rivers to Cross with Dr. Henry Louis Gates," and has lectured to more than 300 groups. Twitty has served as a judge for the James Beard Awards, is a fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance and TED, and the first Revolutionary in Residence at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Southern Living named Twitty one of "Fifty People Changing the South."

At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown's re-created Revolution-era farm kitchen, historical interpreters demonstrate the cooking of period recipes daily. Visitors can try their hand at mixing ingredients and learning about the evolution of dishes through cultural influences. Food preparation is for demonstration purposes only.

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located at 200 Water Street, in Yorktown, Virginia. Parking is free.

Admission is $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. A value-priced combination ticket to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement is $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6-12. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive complimentary admission with proof of residency.


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