Show Data
400 | Michael W. Twitty: The Cooking Gene
400 | Michael W. Twitty: The Cooking Gene
Monday, October 30 | 6 - 7 PM
1st Ward Events at Chop Shop
2033 W North Ave | Chicago, IL | 60647

  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10
  • Members: $7
  • Public: $10
  • Students and Teachers: $5

In The Cooking Gene, culinary historian and award—winning food blogger Michael W. Twitty seeks to trace ancestry through Southern cuisine. His memoir engages the charged racial politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine, presenting a family portrait over three centuries, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom, and visiting sites from Alabama synagogues to black—owned organic farms. Celebrating the rich customs of ancestral survival, Twitty reveals the power that food has to bring us to the table where we can discover the real America together. Chef Clifford Rome joins Twitty in conversation.

Preorder your copy of The Cooking Gene through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.


Michael W. Twitty is a noted culinary and cultural historian who recreates the American slave experience through food and its preparation. His blog, Afroculinaria, is the first devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy, and Twitty was honored by as one of twenty greatest food bloggers of all time. He has also served as a judge for the James Beard Awards and is a Smith fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance. He was recently named one of “Fifty People Changing the South” by Southern Living and one of the “Five Cheftavists to Watch” by TakePart.Com.

Chef Clifford Rome developed an early interest in food after helping his grandmother prepare meals fresh from the garden of his childhood home in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. In 2002, Chef Rome founded Rome’s Joy Companies which boasts a business portfolio that includes a full-service catering and event planning company, a restaurant, a fine arts gallery and the Parkway Ballroom- a historic banquet facility located in the heart of Chicago’s Bronzeville community.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Cooking Gene
  • 8-01-2017