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Carrot Shavings: Twitty and Country Captain

carrot shavings: Michael Twitty's book, The Cooking Gene A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South, and his website, Afroculinaria, tackle race through a culinary lens, and trace southern cooking and Twitty's familial roots to the days of slavery and further, according to Toronto Star. The Washington Post Michael Twitty's grandma would serve her Country Captain with relishes, little bowls of raisins, sliced green onion, carrot shavings, chopped tomatoes, fresh parsley and coconut flakes added as garnish. This stick-to-your-ribs cuisine think grits, cornbread, barbecue, fried chicken and mac and cheese is central to a vast culinary region that covers about a quarter of the United States that was born from centuries of influence from European, Caribbean, African, Native and Latin cultures. Karon Liu / Toronto Star Shallow-fry the chicken for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is golden-brown and then transfer it to a plate lined with paper towel. Karon Liu / Toronto Star But the cookbooks I get are not as diverse as that influence would suggest. Karon Liu / Toronto Star Country Captain is believed to have been influenced by the spice trade with India and as Twitty notes, it was made by enslaved cooks in plantation kitchens. ( As reported in the news.