Michael Twitty on race, religion, politics and survival in America

Michael Twitty is a multiple award–winning chef, author and food historian who is proudly Black, gay and Jewish. His star has been rising for years, from his 2010 blog Afroculinaria to his James Beard Award–winning book The Cooking Gene to his latest work, Kosher Soul.

But his success hasn’t helped him evade judgment or presumptions—mostly because of his Jewish identity. In this personal interview, Twitty sat down with Rivkush for a deep hour-long conversation about race, religion, politics and food, just days after a white nationalist killed 10 Black people and injured three others in a supermarket in Buffalo in May 2022.


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