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The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story Through Food with Michael Twitty

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Thursday, June 10 at 7:00pm

Join a community of 25 public libraries from across the state to welcome Michael Twitty, as he discusses his book, The Cooking Gene, the 2018 James Beard Foundation’s Book of the Year Award-winner.  Massachusetts-based chef and author (and huge Michael Twitty fan), Chef Bill, will facilitate this event’s discussion.

African American culinary historian Michael Twitty found there was a giant hole in the story of American cooking and in the story of most African American families. In this unique memoir, Michael starts to trace his family history through the story of Southern and American food. Using genetic research, historic interpretation, nature study, heirloom gardening, and interviews with contemporary voices in food, his journey led him back to his family’s origins in West and Central Africa and put him center stage in the discussion over race and food in American life through his popular food blog, Afroculinara.

As 25 town libraries are collaborating to make this event possible (with the expected correspondingly sized audience), we will be utilizing two viewing modes: Zoom webinar and livestreaming through NewTV, to ensure everyone will be able to view the event at the same time.

Please note, registration will close 2 hours prior to this event.

For more information about Michael Twitty, visit  For more information on Chef Bill, visit

Sponsored by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust. 

The Groton Public Library will be running the Zoom webinar, and is managing registrations. Please register through the Groton Public Library website.

For more information or questions, contact Brendan at 978-373-1586, x608  or at