Moving back to France

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It is time for the next chapter! Today I leave Boston for Paris. I will be taking a 2-month intensive culinary course at Alain Ducasse’s culinary school. This is something I have dreamed of doing for the past 15 years. In spite of my recent neglect of this blog, I plan on turning over a new leaf–I will chronicling my experience of culinary school here.

In September, I am moving back to Lyon, where I will be a fellow at the Collegium de Lyon. This is the opportunity I needed to continue my historic and ethnographic research on the cuisine des mères lyonnaises and women who cook professionally in France. I will be putting my new culinary skills to work in the field.

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Upcoming conferences and talks – Spring & Summer 2014

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April 11 – “Wild ferment: constructing nature, obscuring labor in the natural wine movement” at the American Ethnological Society Spring Meeting in Boston, MA, April, 11-12, 2014 – 10-11:45am session “In/visibilities and Un/accountabilities in Food”

May 25 - “Teaching Italian Culture through Food: An Anthropological Approach”, American Association for Italian Studies Conference, Zurich, Switzerland.

May 26 – “Vino e cultura: un progetto di antropologia dal vigneto al bicchiere” Patrimonio immateriale e antropologia dell’alimentazione, Università degli Studi di Milano, Bicocca, 14h30-17h00, Edificio U16, aula 14 (IV piano) – Via Thomas Mann 8, Milano, Italy.

June 5-8 – Umbra Institute, Food Conference, Perugia, Italy, Keynote.

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Graduate Journal of Food Studies

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I do like to brag about my students in general, but this time they have done something truly awesome: The Graduate Journal of Food Studies launched today! This is a peer-reviewed food studies journal produced and reviewed by grad students. Boston University’s Gastronomy Program sponsored this first edition and our students did a wonderful job from research and design to reviewing and editing.

Have a read and spread the word. The journal is looking for new submissions for their next volume.

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Shaping a Taste Landscape

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Here is a summary of a recent talk I gave at the College of the Atlantic on the anthropology of wine and the concept of the taste landscape that I am developing in relation to the cooperative production of wine in Carema, Italy. Read more

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Wine and Culture wins a Gourmand Award!

Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass won a 2014 Gourmand book award. For more information about this book, check out wineandculturebook.com

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