We will be back after the first two days of Passover!

So its really hard to run a fundraising campaign and blog at the same time! We will be back full force on Monday.  We are going to be posting every day through the remaining month of our Campaign.  We have so many stories to tell, and now that the route is more concrete, we have …

Thank You, Nancie!

We are at day 40 leading to May 6th--the final day of our campaign for The Cooking Gene.  I am sure a lot of people want the food pics and the recipes now, and the how to on this project.  Unfortunately I have to be tentative about that until we know we will be able …

The Ground on Which I Cook: The Cooking Gene–an Appeal

The Grounds on Which I Cook: What The Cooking Gene Project Means For the Past and Future of American Food In 1996, one of my intellectual heroes, August Wilson delivered a pointed, powerful and inspiring speech called, “The Ground On Which I Stand,” in which he challenged critic Robert Brustein on his views on diversity …

We Made the Southern Foodways Alliance Blog!

Check us out on the Southern Foodways Alliance Blog:http://southernfoodways.blogspot.com/2012/03/southern-discomfort-tour-led-by-michael.htmlWelcome SFA members to The Cooking Gene Blog!  We need you!  Spread the word and please be sure to visit the Indiegogo Campaign site:   http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Cooking-Gene-Project-The-Southern-Discomfort-Tour   

“Just Tell Them You’re the Cook”

About two years ago or so I was doing a holiday plantation meal demonstration at Stratford Hall Plantation.  I spent the whole day in the kitchen literally slaving over hot pots and pans and a blazing hearth fire.  As each crowd came in I explained what plantation life was like for the enslaved during Christmas. …

Why I must Go to the Old South…..

Because we have forgotten our ancestors our children no longer give us honor.Because we have lost the path our ancestors cleared, kneeling in perilous undergrowth, our children cannot find their way.Because we have banished the God of our ancestors, our children can not pray.Because the long wails of our ancestors have faded beyond our hearing, …

We have a new blog domain!

We are now officially, http://www.thecookinggene.com Keep reading, keep cooking! Michael and the Team 🙂

Genealogy and Food: What it all Means

There are four aspects to The Cooking Gene--Genealogy, Food History, Identity and Connection.  The campaign to fund the Southern Discomfort Tour begins February 1, 2012 on Indiegogo.com.  I encourage you to make sure everybody in your network knows about it and passes it on! My Great-Great Grandmother Hattie Mabry Bellamy born enslaved, 1862? Russell County, Alabama/Source: …