Watch Blair Underwood/The Nike Galaxy Shoe/And Why I Want this Project to Succeed

"African Americans are innately wired to want to know who we are. Its almost being like an adopted child."---Sharon Malone, commentator, "Slavery by Another Name." A few days ago I almost gave up on The Cooking Gene.  I will admit, I am an impatient man.  I am not attracting significant support from African Americans.  I …

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Special Thanks To…

Andrew Moore---the first person I got to thank personally for supporting The Cooking Gene.  He came to my presentation at Carnegie Mellon University last night--which had over 120 people in attendance.  It was the first public event associated with this project. And please please visit UrbanSacredGarden.Com and say hi to my new friend Jessica Pendergrass …

My Mother’s Heirloom Apple Crisp

Heirloom Apple Crisp  My mother's recipe. My source for heritage apples is and always will be Vintage Virginia Apples.  You can visit them at www.vintagevirginiaapples.com.  They are fantastic people and have other good stuff for ya.  Tell Ms. Charlotte I said hello! This recipe is my mother, Patricia Townsend's own.  I'm mister heritage apple and all …

More Good Press!!!!

 http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Cooking-Gene-Project-The-Southern-Discomfort-Tour If you want to see me at work in the “field” tune into the Roger Smith Cookbook Conference live broadcast from 501 Lexington NYC between 1:30-2:45 PM EST…Panel: Cookbooks and the African American Experience with Donna Pierce, Toni Tipton-Martin, and our moderator, Tonya Hopkins. Link to Broadcast: http://cookbookconf.com/. I'm the first one up--so don't miss …

The Cooking Gene in the Media

I hope that the many people viewing this blog--we are going about a hundred views a day--know about The Cooking Gene (www.cookinggene.com) and the Indiegogo.Com campaign we've been launching ( http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Cooking-Gene-Project-The-Southern-Discomfort-Tour )---we REALLY need your help! You don't have to be a big spender to donate--donations start at ten bucks! However, the more you donate …

Twenty Reasons Why This Project and This Research is Important

The Project:   http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Cooking-Gene-Project-The-Southern-Discomfort-Tour It’s crucial to bring our family together again through food—our family meaning Africa and her Diaspora and all those who admire and appreciate the contribution to world cuisine.  However, our family needs to understand why this knowledge system is important and how its practical for us today. Sullivans Island Sign 2004 For …

The Cooking Gene: A Preview

In April of 1865 a seventeen year old house servant and his brother stood holding their Master's horse outside of a courthouse in central Virginia, when a bearded man dressed in blue and a bearded man dressed in gray emerged from a doorway. Within seconds their world as they knew it shattered when they were told …

I am Thankful, I am Grateful, I am Excited

So in this process, there are hills and valleys.  The other day ago I was a zombified automaton living dangerously on no sleep for 2-3 days trying desperately to get up the courage to get the Indiegogo Campaign page done, get my website up, and make sure that everybody knows whats going on...It wasn't pretty.  …

To My Old Master: Decoding a Race Relations/Blog Hit And What It Really Means

So you've probably been reading, sharing and looking at this gem from 1865.  It apparently appeared in the New York Daily Tribune: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7035/6790780585_466117fe88_o.jpg  "Colonel" P.H. Anderson asked his former servant, Jourdon Anderson to basically come on back home and be his laborer.  Mr. Jourdan, dictating his letter, responded in kind: Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865 To …