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Afro-American Cuisine in Turkey

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2011

American food writer Rachel Finn came to Turkey and spent two weeks traveling across the country teaching people about Afro-American cuisine and culture in the U.S.

In Istanbul, Ms. Finn gave a talk on "the Art of African- American Cooking or/ Louisiana Foodway" to students of the Istanbul Culinary Institute and was interviewed on the live TV program "Morning Coffee" (STV) hosted by Jale Binay on March 2. She spoke about the art of African-American cooking and gave a short cooking presentation together with Serkan Bozkurt. She also taped a cooking program for Show TV's "Taste of Life", which will be shown at a later date.

Ms. Finn gave a cooking presentation to local women groups at Kartal Municipality Cultural Center and a lecture at Yeditepe University, Culinary Arts and Management Department on "Afro-American Food Patterns-Soul Food". She also gave a lecture on "The Art of African American Cooking" to Etiler Tourism and Hotel Management Vocational High School Students.

Rachel Finn is a writer and editor whose work has been published in Gastronomica, the Seattle Weekly, the Chicago Sun-Times, Red Eye/Metromix.com (affliated with the Chicago Tribune), and The Root (www.theroot.com). One of her essays appears in the food anthology The Eater Reader and three articles on the food of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia will appear in the upcoming Encyclopedia of Food and Culture published by Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO. She is also the founder and director of the nonprofit organization Roots Cuisine, which is dedicated to promoting the foodways of people of African descent around the world. Roots Cuisine can be found online at http://rootscuisine.org.

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