Current research

For some time now I have been writing about the intersection of food, authorship, and American identities.  Essays on this topic range from "The Proof of the Pudding:  Of Haggis, Hasty Pudding, and Transatlantic Influence" (Early American Literature 31:2 1996) to “Elegy and Remembrance in the cookbooks of Alice B. Tolkas and Edna Lewis" (MELUS 38:4 2013).  Recipes for Respect:  Foodways and Authorship in African America (Southern Foodways Alliance series Studies in People, Culture and Place from the University Press of Georgia) was published on March 15, 2019 and was reviewed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Wall Street Journal and Choice.

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