The study of food can reveal heretofore unseen elements of social, political, and cultural understanding, illuminating the humanity that underlies each dish we consume. BU MET’s Gastronomy and Food Studies programs can help you develop this keen sight for hidden meaning.

Dr. Potter Palmer, BU MET’s director of Programs in Food & Wine, explored this theme when he was featured in an Eater article spotlighting the milkshake, a charged object of Americana. Citing the film Pulp Fiction, he described the way the wholesome dessert drink was used to contrast the vice-heavy trappings of its world. This, he explained, is an example of why food can make for powerful metaphor.

Read more at Eater.