Food history has become a hot topic in popular media, as the growing number of book, articles, and TV shows indicates. At a time when food systems are rapidly changing, and not always for the better, people are interested in the origins of what they eat, what people before them ate, and what they are likely to eat in the future. To celebrate the U.S. publication of Berg Publishers’ six-volume Cultural History of Food, this panel gathers contributors to discuss what food history brings to both history and food studies as disciplines and to contemporary debates about food. Can understanding the historical dynamics of food culture, production, and consumption help us make better choices today?
Panelists include: Paul Freedman, professor of history, Yale University; Amy Bentley, associate professor of food studies, New York University; Amy Trubek, associate professor of nutrition and food sciences, University of Vermont; Michael Krondl author of Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert; and Maya Joseph, New School faculty member. New School Food Studies coordinator Fabio Parasecoli moderates.
Sponsored by the Food Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement.