Food + Trauma: “In Memory’s Kitchen”

Though only just beginning my thesis research on how food is used as a response to trauma, I have found in cookbooks several impressive examples of how people experiencing and recovering from traumatic events have used food as a means of coping with the unfathomable. In Memory’s Kitchen is a published collection of recipes, edited by…

Reminiscents: Greek Mountain Tea, Scent, and Memory

I hold the tea like a bouquet of flowers, thumbing the soft fuzz of leaves and buds clinging to brittle, woody stalks.[1]  I breathe in and smell incense: the inside of a small church on Monastiraki square where I stop to light a candle; a censor waved by the German teens who dress up as…

Tasting Sweetness

The human experience of flavor, of tasting and eating, uses all of our senses.  We interact with our food using every sensory mechanism in our body: most of us hear, see, feel, smell, and taste food when we eat.  In this mediation, I invite you to engage your senses fully and mindfully by consuming a…

Team Fieldwork: Oyster Eating

Tasting and eating are important methods for my research, and I’ve made sure that eating oysters forms a part of my research on climate change and oyster farming on Cape Cod for BU’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. That fieldwork continued this week at a team effort oyster tasting with another…