Reblog from Afroculinaria: Welcome to #TheCookingGene Journey: A Photo Essay with a Recipe 

Originally posted on Afroculinaria:
I started writing this?book?on paper plates and paper bags.? I walked around with an entire?book?in my head from my years.??Paula Deen?happened, my response went viral, agents started calling and asking if I had a book in mind. Two years of journeying around the South, supported by Y’ALL ūüėäfinding my food roots and family routes and the foundation was laid for The… Continue reading Reblog from Afroculinaria: Welcome to #TheCookingGene Journey: A Photo Essay with a Recipe¬†

Finding Aid Friday: Love for The Cooking Gene

Michael W. Twitty’s first book,¬†The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, was released August 1, 2017. Twitty, an African-American culinary historian, traces his family tree back to his ancestors’ first steps on New World soil. He explores the possibilities of who came from where based on family lore, DNA testing, and the history of human migration — and … Continue reading Finding Aid Friday: Love for The Cooking Gene

On Books on Display: Queens Museum Edition

As a good library school graduate, I try to look for books everywhere I go: stores, other people’s homes, museums. Especially museums. There’s no better place for books to be available for browsing and display than at a museum. My recent trip to the Queens Museum for their exhibition on the Ramones was no exception. (Seriously, if you’re in Queens go and see it. And … Continue reading On Books on Display: Queens Museum Edition

Library Brag!! And a Quick Book Review

I liked my library — ¬†until today. Now I love it. My four-year-old managed to dissipate a library book,¬†Dora’s Costume Party, into thin air. For the past two months we’ve been unable to find it. Every book in the kids’ shelf¬†has been pulled and shaken. Every book in my case has been sifted through. The couch cushions were checked; the toy bins have been dumped … Continue reading Library Brag!! And a Quick Book Review

On Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George: A Book Review

Spoiler alert: He’s dead. Now that that’s out of the way,¬†Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?¬†is a collection of¬†road¬†stories, biographies, and anecdotes from and on the first golden age of American professional wrestling, written¬†by former Sports Illustrated writer Joe Jares. His father wrestled professionally thought the United States as The Thing, among various other monikers, and Jares shares the tales his dad told him on summer … Continue reading On Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George: A Book Review

On Ponies, Plumbers, and a Pissed-Off Librarian

My four-year-old loves books. She can’t read yet, but she loves them. She makes us read them to her, she’ll memorize what we say, then she “reads” it back to us with her own personal spin. I love this. Like many other four-year-old girls, she also loves My Little Pony. She makes us read her My Little Pony books, she’ll memorize what we say (my … Continue reading On Ponies, Plumbers, and a Pissed-Off Librarian

On the Book Haul Breakdown, or My 2016 TBR List

I told my husband that I wanted something from my Amazon wish list for Christmas. My wish list is, in many ways, a living, breathing expression of my academic and intellectual interests over a¬†ten¬†year period. Its ebbs (the inclusion of the Southern Vampire Mysteries¬†series was when my interest in cerebral development was at its lowest*) and flows (population politics in Italy) are reflected in the … Continue reading On the Book Haul Breakdown, or My 2016 TBR List

On My Christmas Book Haul, or Book-a-palooza 2015

What happens when the person responsible for buying Christmas presents for the family (and giving ideas when others ask what to buy the family) holds a library school degree? Books. Lots of them. For my¬†son, a six year old boy who likes Star Wars, superheroes, dinosaurs and LEGOs? Books. And my¬†daughter? A four year old who likes ponies and My Little Pony,¬†Fluttershy, Doc McStuffins, fairytales, … Continue reading On My Christmas Book Haul, or Book-a-palooza 2015