Rachel Laudan

A Historian's Take on Food and Food Politics


Globalization Then and Now

My 2016 Books on Food History and Politics

Some time ago, I read a blog post, I think by the expert on Vietnamese food Andrea Nguyen, which simply listed the cookbooks her friends had published that year. I thought it an excellent idea.  The “ten best” lists that… Continue Reading →

The Celebrity Cooks of the First Years of Television

Over the last month, with the help of many, many colleagues, I have been collecting brief biographies, u-tube videos, and books published by the women who achieved celebrity status in early television cooking shows around the world.  Take a look… Continue Reading →

Why Do Some Plants Become Food Crops and Others Not? And What Does That Tell Us?

  Out of thousands of plant species, only a few are important food crops Globally important food crops in the early twenty-first century include wheat, rice, sugarcane, maize, soya bean, potatoes, barley, oil palm, beans, tomatoes, bananas and plantains, and… Continue Reading →

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