About the Blog
When I first began researching and writing about food in modern American literature for my dissertation, it seemed that there were connections everywhere I looked: on film, in mainstream magazines, in art, I kept seeing echoes of the ideas I was attempting to articulate on the page. As I gradually narrowed my scholarly focus to the conceptualization of pleasure in literary scenes of eating, I started this blog to capture ideas, images, and reflections for everything else. The blog allows me to be omnivorous: art, advertising, film and video games, reportage and trend pieces, and other cultural artifacts are examined alongside literary texts. The blog is interdisciplinary, because food studies is inherently interdisciplinary. What and how we eat is so deeply connected to who and where we are that any exploration of food culture benefits from more than one point of view; I tend to use frameworks from literary studies, aesthetic philosophy, and sociology. Last but not least, the blog is playful. For me, the study of food is fundamentally the study of pleasure: it is frequent about the pleasure and satisfaction we look for in food, but if is also itself an inherently playful engagement with theory and language. And while 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. My comments are often personal; writing about food has always been in part a love song to my loved ones and the small but essential rituals of care we enact for ourselves.
An ancillary goal of this website is to compile resources: links, bibliography, and cultural artifacts for my own reference as well as other food scholars. I am always happy to discuss these or answer questions about them; please use the comment form on any relevant page and indicate if you would prefer me to reply by email.
About the Author
I have been writing on food culture and history here and elsewhere since 2011. A recovering academic, I am currently the marketing and communications manager for a historic house and library in Philadelphia. My PhD is from Temple University. I blog more generally about books and other media on Scribal Tattoo.