Have you ever stepped back from a meal and thought about the tradition, the culture, and the history of that meal? How the preparation of a dish is passed down from generation to generation? How community and ancestral heritage contribute to the selection of dishes? Or how the consumption of a dish links you to a larger network of commodities and global trade? These are all pressing questions which fuel my research interests in American culinary history. I am fascinated by the ways in which culinary literature yields significant historical themes in its prose and imagery such as: American transatlantic ties; racial tensions in the antebellum South; women’s roles in post-emancipation South; and New Orleans’ transatlantic cultural exchange with Europe, West Africa, and the Caribbean.
A note on the header images: photography is a passion of mine. All of the header images are photos I have taken on research trips and during my travels.