Food is history, politics, and science. Food is also psychology, religion, and mythology. Food is culture. I am interested in food culture around the world, obsessed with flavors and textures, and fascinated by how they can connect us to our memories and to other people. I strongly believe that we can increase empathy in the world by celebrating ethnic and cultural food diversity. My purpose is to be a cultural guide to the food of Turkey, Italy and beyond. I try to do this through the food and culture courses I give, writing and culinary workshops I organize and the books and articles I write.
I mainly write about food history and culinary travel, lecture on Food Writing at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and teach Food and Culture at USAC Verona. I have a Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts, a Diploma in Gastronomy from University of Reims, and a Level 3 certification from WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust). I am a member of Association of Food Journalists, International Association of Culinary Professionals and The Guild of Food Writers.
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