Michael is a noted culinary and cultural historian and the creator of AFROCULINARIA, the first blog devoted to African American historic foodways and their legacies. He has been honored by FIRSTWEFEAST.com as one of the twenty greatest food bloggers of all time and named one of the “Fifty People Who Are Changing the South”, by Southern Living magazine and one of the “Five Chetavists to Watch” by TakePart.com. Michael’s work has appeared in EBONY, the GUARDIAN and on NPR. He is also a Smith fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance, a TED fellow and speaker and the first Revolutionary in Residence at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

His recently published book won the 2018 James Beard Foundation’s Book of the Year award. The book explores the history of southern cuisine and is entitled: The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South.

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