This workshop will explore food as an essential ingredient in the making of selves, families, communities, regions, and nations. We will explore the ways that we celebrate food traditions, create new habits and tastes, and also respond to food problems (e.g. food scarcity and safety, climate change and land use, and the complex networks of food producers, servers, and consumers). Our readings will draw on literature, sociology, and environmental studies, and we'll study various genres of food writing, including the personal essay, the recipe, the restaurant review, and scholarly essays on the intersections between food and culture.
Instructor: Anne Brubaker