I regularly give talks and interviews. If you or your organization are interested to have me speak, you are warmly invited to contact me.

TV Appearances

  • BBC Ideas, “The Science Behind Why Donuts Are So Hard to Resist,” July 20, 2020. Watch here
  • Ugly Delicious, Netflix, “Steak,” Season 2, Episode 3, March 2020. Watch here.
  • CBS This Morning, “Food Can Be a High ‘Steaks’ Gamble on the Campaign Trail,” December 31, 2019. Watch here.
  • Fox23, Tulsa, “How Social Media Impacts What You Eat,” November 7, 2019. 
  • Dan Yorke State of Mind (My RI-TV & Fox Providence), “Thanksgiving Food Culture,” November 25, 2019.  

Online Videos

Podcast & Radio Appearances


Media Mentions

  • Vogue, Tamar Adler, “Is Diet Writing Over?,” February 24 online/March 2022 print issue.
  • The Information, Flora Tsapovsky, “Oozing, Dripping, Melting, Stretching: The Art and Science Behind TikTok’s Viral Food Videos,” February 4, 2022.
  • The Arrow from AARP, Joshua David Stein, “How to Eat Like a Man and Not Die of Heart Disease,” January 31, 2022.
  • Men Yell at Me, Lyz Lenz, “The Cult of Casey’s: How Gas Stations Became Essential to American Culture,” January 26, 2022.
  • Bon Appétit, Alex Beggs, “Diet Foods of the ’80s Are Out. But Has Anything Really Changed?” January 10, 2022.
  • CNN Business, Danielle Wiener-Bronner, “’Diet Soda’ Is Disappearing from Store Shelves,” December 14, 2021.
  • AV Club, Matt Schimkowitz, “The Unknowable Guy Fieri, Pandemic Folk Hero and Political Rorschach Test,” September 7, 2021.
  • Teen Vogue, Deanna Schwartz, “How Toxic Diet Culture is Passed from Moms to Daughters,” August 20, 2021.
  • Vice Munchies, Bettina Makalintal, “How Pork Rinds Ditched the ‘Junk Food’ Label,” July 20, 2021.
  • Washington City Paper, Sarah Cooke, “What Goes into D.C.’s Best Veggie Burgers?” April 6, 2021.
  • The Spirit, Abigail Gruskin, “Cereal Boxes Are Getting a Subversive Rebrand,” March 16, 2021
  • The Face, Jade Wickes, “George McCallums’ Controversial Cakes Have More Than a Few Layers to Them,” February 19, 2021
  • Salon, Ashlie D. Stevens, “Trump’s Diet Coke Button Is a Reminder of the Most Laughable, Hypocritical Parts of His Presidency,” January 24, 2021
  • OZY, Shaan Merchant, “Indian Americans: The New Voices Bringing Diversity to Food Writing,” January 8, 2021
  • The Washington Post, Emily Heil and Lisa Bonos, “Love Me Tenders: Why KFC is Pushing a Sexy Colonel Sanders,” December 9, 2020
  • The Counter, Cynthia Greenlee and Mike Dang, “How the Kitchen Became Political: A Short History of the “Dinner-Table Issue,” November 13, 2020. Read here.
  • The Counter, Doug Mack, “Why Are Journalists Always Visiting Diners in Trump Country?” October 22, 2020. Read here.
  • El Confidencial (Spain), “Why Our Brains Want the Food We Know We Shouldn’t Eat,” September 24, 2020.
  • Ezvid Wiki, included in “Scholars And Critics Expanding Our Understanding of Culture,” August 25, 2020. View here.
  • Salon, Ashlie D. Stevens, “Which Hot Dog Are You? The Enduring Appeal of Regional Food in the Global Digital Age,” August 2, 2020. Read here
  • The Nation, Eamon Whalen, “How Read Meat Became the Red Pill for the Alt-Right,June 15, 2020. Read here.
  • Eater, Hannah Selinger, “Just Cook From the Back of the Box,” June 12, 2020. Read here.
  • The Washington Post, Emily Heil, “Quibi’s Cooking Competition Show ‘Dishmantled’ Isn’t Even Pretending to Be About Food,” April 7, 2020. Read here.
  • Datebook, SF Chronicle, Soleil Ho, “Review: In Ugly Delicious Celebrity Cameos Mar Chef’s Universal Message,” April 1, 2020. Read here.
  • The University of Tulsa News, “Springing into Virtual Teaching,” March 2020. Read here.
  • Reality Titbit, Eve Edwards, “Ugly Delicious season 2 steak episode: Five things we learnt from Netflix cooking series!” March 9, 2020. Read here.
  • The Washington Post, Emily Heil, “It’s Almost Halloween, and ‘Feetloaf’ is Already Giving Us Nightmares,” October 24, 2019. Read here.
  • Philadelphia Magazine, “5 Easy Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget,” September 13, 2019. Read here.
  • Interviewed Dr. Andrew Ruis on his book, Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States, for The Society for the History of Children and Youth podcast, March 2019. Listen here.
  • Oldways Whole Grains Council, Caroline Sluyter, “Whole Grains as Traditional, Sustainable, and Authentic: Highlights from Our Seattle Grains Conference,” November 21, 2018. Read here.
  • Food Navigator, Elaine Watson, “Highlights from the 2018 Whole Grains Council Conference,” November 9, 2018. Read here.
  • The Wall Street Journal, Alina Dizik, “Sorry Grandma, Your Soup Looks Boring on Instagram. So We’re ‘Fixing’ It,” October 24, 2018. Read here.
  • Vice Munchies, Kelsey Lawrence, “How Back-of-the-Box Recipes Became Beloved Comfort Food for So Many Americans,” October 5, 2018. Read here.
  • Vox, Rachel Sugar, “Why Do We Care What Celebrities Eat?” September 22, 2018. Read here.
  • The Daily Dot, Rebecca Bodenheimer, “Twitter is a Hellscape for Female Scholars,” September 5, 2018. Read here.
  • Introduced Rachel Herz’s Why You Eat What You Eat book reading on C-SPAN Book TV. February 6, 2018. Watch here.
  • Well+Good, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, “How ‘Empowered’ Speech About Your Body Might Mask the Same Old Issues,” November 8, 2017. Read here.
  • Longreads, course, “Food and Gender in U.S. Popular Culture,” mentioned in Emily Perper, “Back in the Kitchen: A Reading List About Gender and Food.” March 20, 2017. Read here.
  • Buzzsaw Magazine, Mila Phelps-Friedl, “America and Junk Food,” February 27, 2017. Read here.
  • Salon, Ashlie D. Stevens, “Real Women Are Still Expected to Cook: From Sitcoms to the Food Network, the ‘Angel in the Kitchen’ Pressure on Women Prevails,” February 25, 2107. Read here.
  • WordPress Discover, blog featured in “Building an Online Home: A Food Writer’s Magazine-Inspired Website.” November 3, 2016. Read here.
  • Buzzsaw Magazine, Michele Hau, “The Politics of Pumpkin Spice: An exploration of the treat we love to hate.” November 2016, p. 26-28. Read here.
  • Extra Crispy, blog post, “The Dunkin’ Donuts Origin Story: A Meaningful Beginning,” quoted in Miranda Pokey, “Why Dunkin’ Donuts Matters to New Englanders.” September 26, 2016. Read here.
  • The Globe and Mail, blog post, “Why Budweiser’s ‘America’ Rebrand Matters,” quoted in Harvey Schachter, “Budweiser, Vegemite and the new alias marketing.” May 26, 2016. Read here.
  • El  Comercio, course, “Food and Gender in U.S. Popular Culture,” featured in Ana Veintimilla, “Cocina y género se analizan desde la culture contemporánea / Kitchen and gender are analyzed from contemporary culture.” Read here.
  • Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, final project for course, “Food and Gender in U.S. Popular Culture,” featured in “What FoodAnthropology is Reading Now: May 26 Edition.” Read here.
  • Amarillo Globe-News, Robert Stein, “Battlegrounds: New wave of coffee shops in Amarillo focuses on craft brewing.” April 23, 2016. Read here.
  • Gastronomy at BU, talk, “Icons of Australian Food Culture: Vegemite, Kangaroo & the Flat White” recapped in Amanda Balagur, “Alumna Emily Contois Explores Icons of Australian Food Culture,” November 17, 2015.  Read here.
  • The Daily Mississippian, Lasherica Thornton, “Pop Goes the Neighborhood: Graduate Conference on Food in the Media.” September 21, 2015. Read here. 
  • Medium, blog post, “The Woman Suffrage Cookbook of 1886: Culinary Evidence of Women Finding a New Voice in a Time of Great Transition,” cited in National Restaurant Association, “10 Stories of Inspiring Women From the Restaurant Industry You Need to Know.” March 24, 2015. Read here.
  • Taste Trekkers Food and Travel Expo, talk, “He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich: Marketing Australia’s National Food in the US,” at 2014. Watch here.
  • MarketWatch, essay, “Transcending the Screen: Trophy Kitchens in Two Nancy Meyers Films,” linked in Quentin Fottrell, “5 ways Ikea persuaded shoppers to spend $33 billion.” January 29, 2015. Read here. 
  • Eat Drink RI,tTalk, “He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich: Marketing Australia’s National Food in the US,” discussed in David Dadekia, “Taste Trekkers Food & Travel Expo Interview with Founder Seth Resler.” September 23, 2014. Read here.
  • Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, article, “Not Just for Cooking Anymore: Exploring the Twenty-First-Century Trophy Kitchen,” discussed in David Beriss, “Kitchens, Detroit, North Korea, Farmers Market Policy & More!” March 27, 2014. Read here. 
  • The Topeka Capital-Journal, blog mentioned in Angela Deines, “Dad, kids bond by making dinner a family affair.” February 8, 2014. Read here. 
  • The Huffington Post, blog mentioned in Judith Newston, “Kitchen Conversations: Food Studies and Food Writing.” January 28, 2014. Read here. 
  • The Salt: NPR’s Food Blog, Jessica Stoller-Conrad, “Long Before Social Networking, Community Cookbooks Ruled The Stove.” July 20, 2012. Read here.