Michael W. Twitty is a culinary and cultural historian and the creator of Afroculinaria, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacy. He has been named one of "Fifty People Changing the South" by Southern Living and appeared on NPR's "The Splinded Table" and "Morning Edition." From the Smithsonian to Yale, he has given more than 300 talks in the U.S. and abroad. Twitty is also a Judaics teacher and writes on Jewish cultural issues. His book, The Cooking Gene, will be released by HarperCollins in August.