Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and food writer from the Washington D.C. area. He blogs at Afroculinaria.com. He’s appeared on “Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern,” “Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates,” and most recently “Taste the Nation” with “Top Chef“ ‘s Padma Lakshmi. HarperCollins in 2017 released Twitty’s The Cooking Gene, which traces his ancestry through food from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom, and which was a finalist for The Kirkus Prize and The Art of Eating Prize and a third-place winner of Barnes&Noble’s Discover New Writer’s Awards in Nonfiction. The Cooking Gene won the 2018 James Beard Award for best writing as well as book of the year, making Twitty the first Black author so awarded. His piece on visiting Ghana in Bon Appetit was included in “Best Food Writing in 2019” and was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award. His next book, Rice with UNC Press is currently fresh off the presses. Koshersoul, his follow-up to The Cooking Gene, will be out in 2022 through HarperCollins. Twitty has a hit spice line based on The Cooking Gene and has a special guest appearance on Michelle Obama’s “Waffles and Mochi” show on Netflix.