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.


17 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·

    • Sounds amazing. If I didn’t depend on my desk job. . . Alas! I tweeted your link, though.

  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

    • Hi Lindsey,

      Nice to meet you. I would be happy to talk, and I’m looking forward to seeing how your exploration develops!

  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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