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When Dissertation Research Meets Gastronerdy

As you may or may not know, I am currently a PhD student at Emory University in Comparative Literature. My dissertation puts Albert Camus into conversation with various contemporary Caribbean authors. Sometimes, my love for food mingles with my academic writing endeavors, and sometimes I need to write these interactions creatively. Here’s a little fusion …


Lunch-Box Learning: Stepping away from Consumer Food Culture

These carrots would not be up to par for typical school lunches, according to Anne Lammot’s “School Lunches”, a chapter in her book Bird by Bird. This chapter discusses the exhibition of elementary and high school lunches in America, along with how to use such  detailed experiences–and their nuances from one person to the next–to start …


A Complex Allergy: Systemic Nickel Allergy Syndrome and a Low Nickel Diet

The last two years of my life have been a roller coaster ride in which my health deteriorated and I watched my body begin to crumble before my very eyes. Luckily, I was properly diagnosed in December with Systemic Nickel Allergy Syndrome (SNAS), and six months into following a complex and strict protocol, I have …