Non-Fiction Bookclub

The RoscoeBooks Nonfiction Book Club 

 

Our store book clubs have tackled the latest and greatest fiction picks and undersung classics alike...and now we have a Nonfiction club!

Our next meeting will take place on Monday, February 10th at 7:30pm, and we will be reading The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty.

As with all our book club picks, the book is available in the store for 10% off. We hope you can join us! 

Event date: 
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 7:30pm
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062379276
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Amistad - July 31st, 2018

2018 James Beard Foundation Book of the Year | 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award Winner inWriting | Nominee for the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Nonfiction | #75 on The Root100 2018

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who "owns" it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.

From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and travels from Civil War battlefields in Virginia to synagogues in Alabama to Black-owned organic farms in Georgia.

As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep—the power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.

Illustrations by Stephen Crotts