Foodways and Humanities Project was a collaboration between Dr. Megan Elias of Queensborough Community College (now at the Gilder Lehrman Institute), Dr. Fritz Umbach of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Dr. Babette Audant of Kingsborough Community College. The project’s videographer and website designer is Secil Cornick.

Supported by a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities, the project was a multi-year collaboration between humanities and culinary arts faculty and students exploring Latino history and culture through foodways.

As described in the videos we made of our project, students in Dr. Umbach and Dr. Elias’s history courses created recipes from their own research which were then shared with students in Dr. Audant’s Culinary Improvisation class. Dr. Audant’s students also engaged with food history resources and then interpreted, adapted, and cooked the recipes supplied by John Jay and Queensborough students.


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