About the Author

By day, I am a marketer for a university press.  By night, I am a dissertating student of literature.  When I’m not working toward the production of scholarly books from one end or the other, I might be found supporting the performing arts scene by taking tickets or buying them, or else standing around at farmer’s markets, squeezing all the peaches.  For me, food practices are synonymous with relationships: my health, sanity, and vivacity are vitally supported by the meals I cook, select, and eat with those dear to me.  Writing about food has always been in part a love song to these friends and the small but essential rituals of care we enact for ourselves.

For a more personal look, check out this lovely Q & A by Deborah Domestic. I blog about books and book business on Scribal Tattoo.


About the Blog

For the last few years, I have been reading and researching for a dissertation about scenes of eating and cooking in contemporary literature.  The act of eating is both utterly individual and utterly cultural: apart from the sustenance of the individual body, choosing what to eat is an exercise in aesthetic judgment which reaffirms the individual’s vitality as a choosing, sensing being. But that choice is made in a network of cultural narratives and connotations: to eat is to participate in the politics and economy of a given order, and to establish social connections by who we eat with and who we eat like.

The immediate purpose of this blog is to create an outlet for my response to miscellaneous food-related ideas and images I encounter in art, advertising, literary texts, reportage and trend pieces, and more; cataloging these scenes of eating helps me stay aware of and engaged with contemporary patterns in food discourse.  The commentary attached to each example may draw from my research and reading, I don’t consistently aim to be academically rigorous–some observations are just meant to be interesting, challenging, or funny.

The  longer-term goal for this site is to compile resources–links, bibliography, cultural artifacts–for my own reference as well as other food scholars.

But for the last few years, as I’ve written for the blog and for other blogs and publications, as I’ve started receiving feedback by way of Twitter and comments, I’ve developed a third goal. I think that the humanities and humanistic social sciences do have a place in contemporary food discourse. I think that the way we think and talk about food in our homes and local markets can benefit from the sociological tools and philosophical concepts that often remain locked in the ivory tower. Where possible, I aim to de-specialize the language of these concepts and show how they apply to contemporary food culture, bolstering  informal, meaningful discussion and exploration.

16 responses to “About

  1. Hi, Sara,

    I love your new blog & have added it to the blog links on my site. I have a (longish) question for you that I’d like to send you an email about, but I can’t find an email address for you here. Could you possibly email me, so that I can reply to you? Thanks so much.


  2. Hey Sara,
    It was great to see you last night at the latke-fest. Please email me, a friend asked me about finding a freelance editor for a food thing later that night and I thought of you.

  3. Hi Sara,
    I was just reading your article ‘Can Food Be Art?’, and I have some questions on the topic that I’d like to ask you. Is it possible for you to send me your email, so that I can ask you the questions.


  4. Pingback: Food Studies at Universities Includes Blogs and Memoirs | Will Write For Food·

  5. Hi Sara,
    So great to discover your blog! I have just launched a new blog (www.next-course.com) where I will be exploring the role of food blogs in our culture, as well as reflecting upon my own experiences with food. I’d love to talk to you more about your dissertation and this blog!
    – Lindsey

  6. Dear Sara,
    I am currently working on a project that explores race, authenticity, and privilege within foodie culture. I was wondering if you could contact me via email (llaskin@hotmail.com). I have a few questions you might be able to help me with.

    • Thanks for your comment! Can you tell me a little more about the project, or if possible, share your questions here? I try not to move a conversation to email if it could be of interest to the site.

  7. I found your blog via a comment thread at The Toast and it looks awesome. Very excited to read through the archives.
    And also, I love that you used “dissertating” as an adjective. It made me laugh.

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