Learning from Paula Deen (and Michael Twitty)

As a white woman who grew up in Texas on southern food, I’ve been waiting to read a nuanced analysis of Paula Deen’s public implosion. Michael Twitty offered a very important perspective as a black culinary historian: “We are surrounded by culinary injustice where some Southerners take credit for things that enslaved Africans and their descendants played key roles in innovating.” I’m reading through is blogs and looking forward to learning more about the African origins of the foods I grew up with. Here’s his Open Letter to Paula Deen.


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