Culinary history speaks to students about foodways honoring his enslaved ancestors

Michael Twitty, a culinary historian, shows strong interest in special soul food who also runs a blog called, Afroculinaria. (Photo Provided/The Exponent)
Michael Twitty, a culinary historian, shows strong interest in special soul food who also runs a blog called, Afroculinaria. (Photo Provided/The Exponent)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (The Exponent) – Michael Twitty, a culinary historian, visited Purdue to educate students on food’s critical role in the development of American society as well as defining African American culture.

Twitty spoke to a room full of students on Wednesday evening on what foodways can reveal about a group of people. He said foodways are “everything we do as human groups involving food on a daily need and expression of culture.” He said there are messages the food communicates relating to “the people, the mind (and) the spirit.”

Purdue was one of only a few schools that Twitty has ever visited. Jolivette Anderson-Douoning, Black Cultural Center cultural liaison and program specialist, said the BCC used personal connections as well as social media to reach out to him.

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