What’s up! I’m Marwin Brown, primary author and recipe developer of foodfidelity.com which features delicious, healthy, family-friendly recipes. I say “primary since my two talented kids occasionally show-up as guest chefs, writers, and photographers.
Most of the recipes shared here are everyday ones that we enjoy daily in our household. We try to keep the food interesting and grounded in our culture but updated to reflect the latest culinary trends and techniques as well as the diverse tastes and influences we are exposed to through friends,family, travel, and media.
I grew up in Dallas, TX raised by my maternal grandparents who were both incredible cooks. Whereas my grandmother was the black pre-diabetes Paula Deen, my grandfather was a financially poor spiritually rich, clean eating urban gardener before it was cool. I inherited the best of the both of them – my grandfather’s focus on fresh ingredients and big mama’s knowledge/connection to “traditional” soul food.
Having grown up as an athlete I’ve always had an appreciation for the impact that food/nutrition had on my physical and emotional development. My wife has a pharmacy background and thus has a strong medical and science knowledge base. Because of our respective backgrounds and our shared passion for food we are always looking to better ourselves through food in a holistic way as well as strive o uplift others in the same way. Food is pleasure as well as a means to living our “best life.”
My wife encouraged me to start a food blog as a way to share my food talents. I began humbly just sharing whimsical recipes along with tracks of my favorite songs. What began as a food and music blog eventually evolved into a movement to change the way people eat and think about food, particularly what we consider “soul food”. The shift was driven by the disparities in health across different ethnic groups, particularly how African Americans are disproportionately affected by diet related diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular. Recognizing that there were many families like mine – working parents in a convenience driven world, desiring to honor and retain their heritage but not at the expense of their health, I began sharing our household practices and habits, the ones we utilized as weapons to break the cycle of obesity and the related illnesses born out of poor lifestyle and food choices. Every member of the household cooks and we structure a lot of our time around food including family dinner meetings, gardening, travel, dining, and civic/volunteering. We grow as much food as we can, supplement our own garden by supporting local farmers’ markets, and rely as little as possible on any packaged processed food.
Though raised a true Texan, I lived in the windy city of Chicago for 13 years with my wife Benee and two kids before returning to Austin,TX.
I’ve worked in the food industry for several years at different levels including corporately for companies like Quaker and Kraft Foods, private caterer, and now as a food blogger. I am active in the community and serve as a Chef Ambassador for the American Heart Association and a spokesperson for Real Men Cook Charities.