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Twitty travels from the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields to tell of the struggles his family faced and how food enabled his ancestors' survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and visits Civil War battlefields in Virginia, synagogues in Alabama, and black-owned organic farms in Georgia. As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the South's past.
Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep - the power of food to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.
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By Mrs. Debra E. Humm-bremser on 06-07-18
Finding your roots through your belly
As someone who’s also drawn to ancestry, it’s intuitive that you are preceded by countless humans. Because Twitty’s family tree is so culturally and colorfully varied, those numbers are powerfully illustrated. The food is an added bonus to that story!
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