Author: Victoria Bouloubasis

UNC Jewish Studies Offers Food For All Faculty Grants

(The following exciting news comes from our friends at the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.)

NEW FOR 2016-2017: Food for All Course Development and Course Enhancement Grants

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s university-wide academic theme for 2015-2017 is “Food for All: Local and Global Perspectives.” With this theme, the University is challenging all areas of UNC to examine wide-ranging topics including food cultures and nutrition, food security, world hunger and more. The two years of “Food for All” includes projects, services and events on campus and in the Chapel Hill community. To support this University initiative, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is offering course enhancement and course development funds, which will support faculty who are interested in incorporating a Jewish food component into courses to be taught in the academic year of 2016-2017. Visit the faculty grants page for more information and the application form. The deadline for applications is May 24, 2016, 5pm.

For more information, visit the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at jewishstudies.unc.edu

AMST 375 Weekly Media Digest

This weekly digest is curated by the teaching team of Food in American Culture (AMST 375 – Spring 2016), and appears in student inboxes every Friday. The chosen media represent current examples of food writing that showcase voices of American foodways and feed off the themes we discuss in class. And maybe, they’ll help inspire a growing community of food geeks at UNC! (To suggest a featured story, email victoria.bouloubasis@unc.edu by Thursday.)

This list was sent out Friday, March 25.

They fed the civil rights movement. Now are black-owned barbecue joints dying?
by Jim Shahin – Washington Post, Feb. 22, 2016

When Chefs Become Famous Cooking Other People’s Food
The Sporkful – NPR, March 22, 2016
This is a great 20-minute listen–perfect for a car ride to wherever you may be going this weekend.

Julia Child Marathon to Stream on Twitch as Gaming Site Widens Focus
by Nick Winfield – New York Times, March 15, 2016
“Twitch plans to stream all 201 episodes of “The French Chef” after the success of a streaming session featuring the landscape painter Bob Ross.”

Garden and Gut
by Matt Hartman – The Awl, March 9, 2016
The consumption of the New South.

Please Stop Writing Racist Restaurant Reviews
by Serena Dai – Eater, March 23, 2016
“Stereotypes and misperceptions about food matter, because distaste for a people’s food is a tangible way to express distaste for the people themselves.”

Will the Restaurant Industry Survive Stricter Immigration Screening?
by Amy McCarthy – Eater, March 4, 2016
How one popular campaign proposal could affect undocumented workers.

American Studies students explore food identity with new blog

Kristen Lee snipped fresh kale from the Davis Library edible garden to jazz up her macaroni and cheese.

Kristen Lee snipped fresh kale from the Davis Library edible garden to jazz up her macaroni and cheese.

“Food is communicative.”
“Food breeds memories.”
“You had me at brunch!”

We’re thinking a lot about what makes food so important in AMST 375: Food in America. The course explores the foodways of the United States by intricately studying history through its accompanying food voices.

Susanna Jenkins features campfire sweet potatoes in her food diary for AMST 375: Food in America.

Susanna Jenkins features campfire sweet potatoes in her food diary for AMST 375: Food in America.

To critically study the past while placing their own identities into the contemporary conversation around foodways, Professor Marcie Cohen Ferris asked students to delve deeper with a food diary assignment. Through an essay, a week of food documentation and photos, students share why food plays a role in their lives. Dig into their stories on our blog: amst375.tumblr.com

Sara Tane reminds us of the classic BLT at Merritts Grill.

Sara Tane reminds us of the classic BLT at Merritts Grill.

Theola Priscilla Green Martin’s recipe for Sweet Potato Pie

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Dr. Sharon Holland, Professor and Associate Chair in UNC’s Department of American Studies, has shared her grandmother Theola Priscilla Green Martin’s recipe for Sweet Potato Pie. Here’s the filling. You provide the crust of your choice. Dr. Holland suggests a “French-inspired buttery crust, circa 1970s.”

Mrs. Martin was raised in Oxford, North Carolina and was a fifth generation North Carolinian. “My grandmother was one of the most ethical people I have ever known,” writes Holland, “and she gifted to me my love of long-needle pines and woods on a cold winter morning.”

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