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…

nostalgia, νοσταλγία, and saudade

“Which kinds of memories does food have the particular capacity to inscribe?” (Holtzman 2006, 363)             Holtzman reminds us that memory is multiple, that “what we homonymically label as ‘memory’ often refers to an array of very different processes” (2006, 362). In this exhortation for diversity, I read a call for nuance in types of…

Place and Time in Food Memory: Reliving the AFHVS / ASFS 2018 Panel

I’m still basking in the glow of chairing and presenting on my first panel at an academic conference – the joint annual meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society and the Association for the Study of Food and Society.  The panel topic was Place and Time in Food Memory: Migration and Nostalgia, and I…

How To Food Style Citrus

As a part of my Food and Visual Culture course at Boston University’s Gastronomy program, I attended a Food Styling workshop at Parachute Studios with Nina Gallant. My team selected this image as our final photo, and I wanted to share our analysis of it with you. As my partner and I set up this…