Category: Gastronomy

MLA Gastronomy Student Michael Floreak Reports on Our Broken Food System

May 20th, 2014 in Gastronomy, MET News

bu-pear-nutritionMichael Floreak, MLA Gastronomy Student and Boston Globe contributor, recently interviewed documentarian Laurie David, the producer of the Academy Award-winning climate change documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth.” This time around, David touches on the American food system, obesity rates, and fitness fads in “Fed Up.” Narrated by Katie Couric, the film is out now.

Read more here

Rachel Black’s Book Featured in Wine Lover’s Gift List

December 23rd, 2013 in Faculty News, Gastronomy, MET News, Rachel Black

Rachel Eden BlackMET’s Assistant Professor of Gastronomy Dr. Rachel Black, recently published a collection of essays on the history and cultural ramifications of wine production entitled Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass. The book was featured as part of a gift giving guide for wine lovers on, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more

Turkey Tips and Cooking Up Joy

November 27th, 2013 in Faculty News, Gastronomy, MET News

David Tomov-StrockDavid Tomov-Strock went from working at BU’s financial aid office to enrolling in MET’s Gastronomy graduate program—to being featured in Boston University’s online magazine Bostonia. Tomov-Strock studied under some of the greatest chefs of our time (including Jacques Pépin, co-founder of the Gastronomy program), and now shares his passion for food by teaching children’s cooking classes at MET.

Read all about Tomov-Strock’s journey and watch his tips on how to carve a turkey for this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

Dr. Merry White Featured in the Boston Globe

November 26th, 2013 in Anthropology, Faculty News, Gastronomy, MET News, Programs


Boston University Professor of Anthropology Dr. Merry White talks to the Boston Globe on how her acclaimed cookbook Cooking for Crowds came about, how Julia Child saved one of her stews, and on roasting squab for Jacqueline Onassis. Dr. White will demonstrate how to prepare menus for intimate and large groups at MET’s December 17 seminar, which includes a copy of Cooking for Crowds for each attendee.

Read more about the book at the Boston Globe

A Healing Anthology of Discovery

November 7th, 2013 in Faculty News, Gastronomy, MET News, Rachel Black


MLA Gastronomy students Brad Jones and Chris Maggiolo were profiled by the Boston Globe for their 15,000-mile trip to learn more about the quality and origins of North American foodways. The students visited more than 75 artisanal food suppliers—including grain mills, farmers, bakers, kombucha brewers, and oyster harvesters. They are currently gathering photos and videos from their 105-day trip and creating a multimedia project called “To Cure: A Food Anthology.”

Rachel Black, assistant professor and coordinator of the gastronomy program at BU, states, “Brad and Chris are asking some pretty profound questions about food and trying to understand the challenges of our food system and how to communicate that to the consumer.”

Full article: Boston Globe

“Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass” uncorks the anthropology of wine

September 3rd, 2013 in Faculty News, Featured News Post, Gastronomy, MET News, Rachel Black

Rachel Eden BlackDr. Rachel Black, Assistant Professor of Gastronomy at MET, working with co-editor Robert C Ulin, has just published a collection of essays on the history and cultural ramifications of wine production—a seldom-addressed topic within the vast research on wine in general. Find out more about Wine and Culture: Vineyard to Glass.

Gastronomy Professor’s Work Examined in BU’s Research Magazine

July 31st, 2013 in Faculty News, Gastronomy, MET News, Rachel Black

Rachel Black Research on Turin Markets

Food has long been ethnographer and gastronomist Rachel Eden Black’s lens on the world. From the open-air markets of Turin to her research into wine and wine culture, she is steeped in the study of how communities and agriculture intersect. Dr. Black’s work was the subject of an essay in BU’s online research magazine.

The Pleasures of Wild and Foraged Foods

July 29th, 2013 in BU Today Features, Gastronomy, MET News

pleasures of the wildBU Today spotlights Netta Davis’ (GRS’13 and MET Gastronomy lecturer) whose Wild and Foraged Foods class demonstrates the academic and experiential sides of foraging. Read more about this unique course and learn some foraging techniques from Netta at BU Today.

Rachel Black quoted in Time Magazine

January 31st, 2013 in Faculty News, Gastronomy, MET News, Rachel Black

Rachel Eden BlackMET assistant professor and author of Porta Palazzo: The Anthropology of an Italian Market lends her expertise to Time

Artisanal cheeses, like Il Conciato di San Vittore, and the slick, new Eataly gourmet supermarket in central Rome are worlds apart—yet neither would likely survive without the other given the economics of today’s food industry.

Read the entire article here at Time Magazine.

Culture and Cuisine in Quebec

January 31st, 2013 in Gastronomy, MET News, Programs


Looking for something closer to home than France or Italy, the coordinator of the MLA in Gastronomy chose Quebec for the fall 2012 course in Culture and Cuisine.

To the readers of La Presse, it’s somewhat amusing that BU students in the Gastronomy master’s program spent the fall studying the cuisine of Quebec—and gratifying to know that after a week’s trip from Montreal to Kamouraska, students had  fallen in love with “la belle province.”

Brush up your Français and read the entire article at La Presse.