Professor of Food History, University of Toronto-Scarborough
WHEN Thursday | 25 Feb, 4:00 PM
WHERE 238 HRCB
Although the field of food history is now well established, cultural analysis has tended to focus on well-documented foods of the elite—court cuisines and fine dining. By contrast, the foods of the lower classes have more often been treated as mere calories, divorced from all consideration of taste or choice. Yet there is ample historical evidence that street foods were a focus of plebeian sociability and pleasure in cities, such as Imperial Rome, Kaifeng (China), Tenochtitlan (Mexico), and Edo (Tokyo). Get a sneak peak of this research project seeking to recover these popular cuisines of the past.
Jeffrey Pilcher, a professor of food history at the University of Toronto–Scarborough, has been a leading figure in the emerging scholarly field of food history. From an early research focus on Mexico and Latin America, he has expanded his scope to food in world history. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food (2012), The Sausage Rebellion: Public Health, Private Enterprise, and Meat in Mexico City (2006), Food in World History (2006), and ¡Que vivan los tamales! Food and the Making of Mexican Identity (1998).