The Cooking Gene Updated

Thank you for visiting The Cooking Gene website. We recently updated this site to reflect the release of the book,  The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South. The book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other fine booksellers across the country. While we have added the book …

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Louis Hughes of Mississippi Tells a Food Story

Louis Hughes was an African-Virginian sold into slavery in the Deep South.  In his youth he was sold to Mississippi where he worked as a domestic on a cotton plantation.  At Melrose Plantation, a country estate near Natchez, Mississippi I recreated the foods of Louis Hughes' published narrative, Thirty Years a Slave, From Bondage to …

Here We Go

We are on the road.  It seems like a blur---Maryland, then Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  This morning, Alabama.  Every place has a different story in my family tree and another set of stories and meanings for the Ancestors who lived in each state and county.  I am overwhelmed with the thought of …

Thank You!

"Negroes in the North are right when they refer to the South as the Old Country.  A Negro born in the North who finds himself in the South is in a position similar to that of the son of the Italian emigrant who finds himself in Italy, near the village where his father first saw …

Why this Project is Important to Me–A Last Call to Contribute and Act

Wow.... Sitting here right now its almost sunset in the DC area and this computer is about to be shut off in honor of the Sabbath.  It's been a ride like no other.....this journey to making this dream of mine to find my roots and trace them through food--and bring people together across lines of …

Note to Our Fellow Campaigners–We Love You and Keep Going :)

Why We Donated:  A Call to Inspiration A few months ago I'd never even heard of crowdfunding.  The word is so new that my spell check doesn't know that it's real.  Now less than two days from our campaign's end, I'm knee deep in a culture of democratic philanthropy that has a lot of people …

Partnering With the George Washington Carver Seed Bank

We will be partnering with The George Washington Carver Seed Bank to work with African American farmers and Reverend Al Sampson to create a seed bank for African American food systems. This is a crucial and fundamental part of the Cooking Gene.  We started talking to Reverend Sampson months ago and his project is exactly …

This Morning’s Grist.Org Piece

Claire Thompson did a very nice interview/write up on The Cooking Gene--Southern Discomfort Tour for Grist.Org! We have SIXTY SIX HOURS TO GO at this point---so I wish I could say I wasn't worried but I am--and we really need your help--this is extremely important to a lot of people and I don't want to …