Welcome to the discussCLT Podcast, powered by OrthoCarolina. Huddled inside a sun room in uptown Charlotte’s historic Dunhill Hotel, discussCLT podcast’s Andy Smith recently spoke to author and chef Michael Twitty about the history of Southern cooking, food’s power to unite people of varying cultures, and his new book, The Cooking Gene. The book traces Twitty’s own ancestry to North Carolina in the 1600s, while showing that so much of what we know about Southern food is rooted in the skills of enslaved people. Andy starts by asking Twitty to describe his book. From there, the pair move onto to a few surprising topics.