Julia Child 102

3 Posts to Toast Julia Child’s 102nd Birthday

Today would have been Julia Child’s 102nd birthday and with her towering height, booming voice, vivacious personality, and insatiable appetite for food, eating, cooking, and learning new things, we can be sure she would have celebrated in style. As a graduate of the MLA in Gastronomy Program at Boston University—the program co-founded by Julia Child with…

So, I actually am writing a blog. Listen up!

Cheers & Tears: 5 More Reasons for Academics to Blog

This summer marks my second year of blogging, so I thought I’d celebrate by adding to the five lessons I learned in my first year. 1. Blogging connects you to lay readers and fellow scholars.  While having my post, “Tofu & Tapenade? The Unspoken Rules of Football,” Freshly Pressed in January brought 600 new followers my way, blogging has…

Plan ahead, stay engaged, and follow up for the best conference expeience

17 Conference Tips for Graduate Students

I’m freshly returned from “Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System,” the joint annual meeting and conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, held last week on the gorgeous campus of the University of Vermont. Since it was my third year attending this conference, I…

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Archive Adventures #2: Wartime, Memorial Day … & Kraft American Cheese?

With the tagline, “Hanker No More!” this advertisement from my archive adventures at the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History at Duke University celebrates the return of not only America’s World War II heros, but of Kraft cheese products, like Kraft American cheese, Velveeta, and “Old English” Pasteurized Process Cheese, which were rationed on the home front. Ad…

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Celebrating Earth Day with Andrew Ross’ Parable of a Sustainable Phoenix

This year’s Earth Day theme is green cities, a topic that could not relate more directly to today’s post on Phoenix, a city arguably deserving of the title “World’s Least Sustainable City.” A desert vision of unrestrained growth, the history of Phoenix and the surrounding Sunbelt region provides a nationally instructive case study on sustainability. Invited by Future Arts…

Journals

Academe Amuse-Bouche: Expanding the Menu of Academic Publishing

I had the opportunity to attend the Essay in Public conference here at Brown University earlier this week at which speakers and participants discussed a full host of topics related to how we can best bring longform writing and dense content (such as the bulk of work created by academics) to the public. [Update: I summarized all…

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Sink Your Teeth into the First Edition of the ‘Graduate Journal of Food Studies’

I could not be more thrilled to have my paper, “Not Just for Cooking Anymore: Exploring the Twenty-First-Century Trophy Kitchen” published in the first edition of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies, which came out today. In case you’re new to the journal, the Graduate Journal of Food Studies is “an international student-run and refereed journal dedicated to encouraging…

Just imagine, thriving hippo ranches in the bayous of the American south providing alternative meat sources, such as "lake cow bacon." [Image Mark Summer from Wired, Dec 20, 2013]

Hippo: It’s What’s For Dinner

While the global food news often tells of meat shortages in China and India, as middle class demand for meat increases in these extremely populated countries, the United States faced its own meat crisis in the early twentieth century—and believe it or not, hippopotamus ranching emerged as a proposed solution. This is the remarkable story told…

In a DIRECTV Sunday Ticket ad, tapenade is humorously, but disparagingly framed as antithetical to football.

Tofu & Tapenade? The Unspoken Food Rules of Football

With the completion of the AFC and NFC Championships, Super Bowl XLVIII will soon be upon us, along with its super-sized spread of snacks, which forms an American meal as iconic as Thanksgiving. Just as there are “authentic” and “traditional” dishes that accompany our national holiday dedicated to gratitude and family, unspoken rules guide which…