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The Cooking Gene Spice Collection
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The Cooking Gene Spice Collection
The Cooking Gene Spice Collection
The Cooking Gene Spice Collection

The Cooking Gene Spice Collection

4 Spice Blends by Michael W. Twitty

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
32 Reviews

“It is my pleasure to introduce Black joy in a bottle, a spice collection based on the journeys of my Ancestors, from Africa to America, The Cooking Gene Spice collection. Each spice mixture represents a different stage in the historical journey of African American foodways and honors the lives of Black men and women who signify the flavors of each point in time. All of the people honored here passed on outside of the status of being in bondage. ” – Michael W. Twitty, author of The Cooking Gene

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Top Recipes with The Cooking Gene Spice Collection

Chef Michael W. Twitty’s Fried Chicken

“My grandmother Hazel C. Todd (“Grammy”) was an amazing cook. At first she didn’t know how to make much, her mother Mary and father Joseph had a lot of kids...

Highlights

Pairs well with:

Wild Mountain Cumin, New Harvest Turmeric, Buffalo Ginger

100% Fresh Ingredients

You can trace our spices back to the farm where they were grown

Chef Tested

All our recipes are chef-tested (and tasted) -we don't sell it to you unless we love it

Straight From The Source

We work with farmers, nonprofit organizations, and agricultural cooperatives to obtain spices directly from the people who grow them

Give Back Program

A portion of proceeds from every sale goes to feed individuals and families in our local community through our foundation, Tribe for Change

Chef Spotlight

With Chef Michael W. Twitty

Since the 16th century, people of African descent have shaped and defined the American palate. Their greatest impact on that palate is in the flavors we brought in our taste memory as a people in exile. Africans and their descendants, through many challenges and trials, have had an exuberant cultural expression based on taking pleasure in a culture created out of many origins; rooted in honoring ancient traditions, a dynamic sense of improvisation, and a creative fire that transformed the best and the worst in a cultural alloy unmatched." – Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and food writer from the Washington D.C. area. He blogs at Afroculinaria.com. He’s appeared on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates and most recently Taste the Nation with Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi. HarperCollins released Twitty’s The Cooking Gene, in 2017, tracing his ancestry through food from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom, a finalist for The Kirkus Prize and The Art of Eating Prize and a third place winner of Barnes&Noble’s Discover New Writer’s Awards in Nonfiction.

The Cooking Gene, A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, won the 2018 James Beard Award for best writing as well as book of the year, making him the first Black author so awarded. His piece on visiting Ghana in Bon Appetit was included in Best Food Writing in 2019 and was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award. His next book, Rice will be out with UNC press in 2021. Koshersoul, his follow up to The Cooking Gene, will be out in 2022 through HarperCollins.

Please visit thecookinggene.com and afroculinaria.com for more info.

Reviews

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 32 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 30 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 1 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
97%would recommend this product
32 reviews
  • LG
    Lynnea G.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Delicious

    A perfect rotation of kitchen staples that should be in everyone's pantry.

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    Lori R.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Expanding my taste profiles

    I love the different spice combinations and will have a great time incorporating them into my cooking. My only suggestion is in the labeling. The modern type faces and colors are difficult for my Senior eyes to read. I solved the problem with a Sharpie marker, but it's not as pretty.

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    Sharis I.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Love these

    The flavors are great. The kitchen pepper in particular is going to be a staple in my cooking, but the whole set is delicious.

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    Margot C.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago
    My favorite spices

    These are by far my favorite spices to use. They’re so flavorful & a little goes a long way. Definitely going to be a regular customer.

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    Erin A.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago
    Amazing

    What initially drew me to this collection was of course the kitchen pepper, which Michael talks about in the Cooking Gene and also describes in his appearance on the JAS Townsend and Sons cooking show. Every spice in this collection is unique and delicious. The BBQ spice was responsible for some of the most delicious grilled chicken I have had in long time, it has has a little kick and sour notes from the vinegar. The chicken spice was great on both cod and chicken and is perfectly balanced. I used the African spice in on a cauliflower steak recipe and it was fabulous. I love that Michael describes these spices as black joy in a bottle and I feel tremendous gratitude for being able to taste it and experience some of that joy. If you love history and want to change up your chicken or fish game get this now.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are these blends salt free?

Yes! These blends are not only salt free but they are free of any preservatives, fillers or gluten. Please note Mr. Wesley Jones Antebellum BBQ Blend has a touch of sugar in it.

Are these blends certified organic?

Unfortunately we do not have any certifications at this time but most of our spices are organically grown and all of them are non gmo. Each ingredient can be traced back to its origin. Email support@spicetribe.com for any questions.

Do you have recipes to go with these blends?

We are working on it! We have an ever expanding recipe library of chef tested recipes. Recipes using these spices will be up soon. Click here to learn more. Please shoot us an email if there are any recipes you would like to see at support@spicetribe.com

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