Food historian Michael Twitty is bringing some kosher soul to this week’s episode of Hot Grease. Nicole Taylor sits down with Michael to talk about the Oscars, specifically the films Django Unchained and Beasts of the Southern Wild and their inclusion of Southern food. How was the South represented on the James Beard Long List? Later, Michael talks about his experiences on Bizarre Food, and what it’s like to have a complex identity. How does Michael define ‘soul food’? Later, Nicole and Michael wrap up Black History Month by discussing black food legends such as Verna Mae Grosvenor, Slyvie Woods, and Jessica B. Harris! This program has been brought to you by White Oak Pastures.

“Soul food is not slave food, and it’s not necessarily West African food. Soul food is the cuisine of the great grandchildren of enslaved people.” [18:00]

“When you come from a complex identity, it’s not the labels you put on yourself, it’s the heart you give that shows you what you are.” [23:15]

Michael Twitty on Hot Grease