Award-winning food writer headlines annual Colloquium of the Americas


Award-winning food writer Laura Schenone headlines Mercyhurst University’s 4th Biennial Colloquium on the Americas –“Food and Foodways in the Americas” – slated for April 13-14 on the Erie campus.

The colloquium brings together top scholars to explore how the topic of “Food and Foodways in the Americas” is examined by different disciplines. Academic presentations for scholars and students are scheduled throughout the day Saturday. Presenters represent Mercyhurst, New York University, University of Kansas, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Ithaca College, among others.

On Friday, Schenone will take the stage of Taylor Little Theatre at 7 p.m., when she will address “The power of food throughout American history to forge family bonds and cultural identity.” Her talk is free and open to the public.

Schenone began her career as a writer and editor for newspapers, publishing companies and nonprofit organizations. While living in a pre-Civil War farmhouse in New Jersey, she took up vegetable gardening and began pondering the role of food throughout history.

From that her first book was born: “A Thousand Years Over a Hot Stove: A History of American Women Told Through Food, Recipes and Remembrances,” winner of the James Beard Award in 2004. It describes the days of Native American women cooking in earth ovens up to present-day microwave meals.

Her second book – “The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken” – tells the story of Schenone’s search for a long-lost family recipe and delves into the joy of pasta making. She also writes a blog called “Jellypress: Old Recipes, Modern Life” with friend, artist and pastry chef Nancy Ring.

For more information, contact Dr. Christina Riley-Brown at 824-2350. 

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