Potato Chips + Class

You many not think about it as you crunch your way to the bottom of the bag, but potato chip packaging says a lot about social class.  In this post, I’ll tell you about how the Boston University Gastronomy Program got community members thinking about chips + class, and then share a how-to guide for…

Talking Shop: Sharing my Oyster Research on Cape Cod

On a cozy October evening at the Cotuit Library on Cape Cod, I presented my research and findings from my 2018 Summer Graduate Fellowship at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.  Oyster farmers, homeowners, tourists, and community members attended my talk, “Cape Cod Oysters and Climate Change.” I saw…

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…

Cleanliness and Animals: Quality Cheese at Blue Ledge Farm

What makes ‘Quality Cheese’? This question, if posed to 100 people, would yield 100 unique responses.  Each individual’s conception of quality in cheese is informed their personal history, taste, intersectional identities (gender, skin color, class, etc) and role in the cheese production and consumption process (i.e. cheesemaker, -monger, or eater).  In this blog series, I…

Eating is Learning: Oysters

From my first class at Boston University’s program in Gastronomy, one of my core research principles has been that eating is learning. There are many ways to conduct food studies field work, and I respect researchers who retain dietary preferences of any kind in the field.  But in my field work, I choose to incorporate eating…