In the News

In the summer of 2017, I will be featured in a Duke Forward video that follows me through a “typical day” at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library where I interned for two years. The video features my passion for cooking, and how I use the library’s rich resources to explore the complexities of culinary history.

In May of 2017, the Duke Graduate School announced my selection to participate in the Versatile Humanities Internship Program in this press release. In the summer of 2017, I will intern at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History where I will be a part of the American Food History Project.

In February of 2017, the Duke Graduate School wrote a profile about my personal and academic interests in food and how they influenced my photography exhibit, “To Market, to Market! Urban Street Food Culture Around the Globe.” The article is titled, “History Students Offers Up Food For Thought.” During the interview, I spoke about everything from my grandfather’s street food stand to my travels seeking out food markets abroad. At one point during the interview, I demonstrated several historic street food vendor cries. The soundbites of me singing them are incorporated into the article and demonstrate my longstanding passion for music.

In May of 2016, the Rubenstein Library conducted an interview with me about my background and interests in history and library and information science. Katrina Martin, who conducted the interview, posted the article here: “Meet the Staff: Reference Intern Ashley Rose Young.”

In the fall of 2015, Bryan Roth at Duke Today magazine wrote a piece about the Rubenstein Test Kitchen blog, of which I am a contributing author. The blog features historic recipes from the cookbook collections at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. For the article, he interviewed me about my goals for the project and my desire to reach broad audiences through my posts. I do so by providing background information on the significance of a dish in American history and chatting about my experiences making the dish in a modern kitchen. Roth’s article is titled, “From the Archives: Foodies Go Historical for the Holidays.”

In the summer of 2015, Hanna Rasking of the Post and Courier wrote a blog post about the panel I participated on at the Southern Association for Women Historians’ Tenth Southern Conference on Women’s History. Her piece, “Visiting historians take up issues of women and food,” provides a wonderful overview of our panel, “Pure Creole: Women of Color in the Making of New Orleans Food,” as well as the work of participating scholars’ papers.

In the Winter of 2015, Bill Daley of the Chicago Tribune wrote a fascinating piece on Lena Richard, New Orleans-food icon. He drew upon the research of culinary professionals and scholars, including myself, to build a compelling snap-shot of her incredible accomplishments. The article is titled, which mentions the exhibited I curated as well as Richard’s impact on American foodways is titled, “Lena Richard carved culinary path for African-Americans.”

In September of 2014, I was invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institute’s FOOD in the Garden Foodways and Waterways: 1814-2014 held at the National Museum of American History. The video of that discussion about New Orleans’ dynamic food culture and historic food markets is available here.

Presenting at the Food in the Garden Series.

Presenting at the Food in the Garden Series.

In mid-September 2013, I presented an academic paper on Lena Richard at the “Women, Work, and Food Conference” hosted by the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) at the University of Mississippi.  You can find a recap of the event and my paper, “From Red Beans and Rice to Oysters Rockefeller: Rethinking Racial Boundaries in New Orleans’ Mid-Twentieth Century Restaurant Culture” here.  In addition, the SFA put together a podcast called Okraclass featuring the papers presented at the conference, which can be found here.

On February 21, 2013, I competed in the “Battle of the Books” competition as part of Duke’s Andrew T. Nadell Book Collectors Competition.  My collection, “New Orleans’ Nourishing Networks: Foodways and Municipal Markets in the Nineteenth Century Global South” won first prize in the graduate student division.  A local Durham newspaper featured the “Battle of the Books,” including my collection, in “Going by the Book,” The Herald Sun, February 22, 2013.  I am also featured in the event’s video (Andrew T. Nadell Book Collectors Competition Video).  My success at Duke made me eligible to compete in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest, where I won second prize.  The Antiquarian Book Sellers’ Association announced the winners through this blog post.  In addition, Duke Libraries followed up with a very kind write-up on my collection, which can be found here.  Last, but not least, Fine Books magazine featured my collection through their website, which can be found here.

In the fall of 2012, I was featured in Duke’s daily newspaper, “Duke Student Explore Global Food Connections,” Duke Chronicle, November 2, 2012

The Lena Richard: Pioneer in Food TV Exhibit received some press coverage in New Orleans: “Lena Richard, local television cooking star, to be celebrated,” The Times Picayune, March 18, 2012