Loading...
Food Writing

New Gastronomica Editor Named: Melissa Caldwell, UC Santa Cruz Professor

Comments (0)

By

Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM
click to enlarge GFC1301lo.jpg

In mid-May, the esteemed journal Gastronomica announced its new editor: Melissa Caldwell, a UC Santa Cruz professor of anthropology. From the fir-gilded hills of Santa Cruz, Caldwell will put out the magazine over which founding editor Darra Goldstein presided for 12 years.

A recent UC Press interview ably introduces the food-concerned thinker to Gastronomica's new editor. Caldwell's academic realm of expertise is post-Soviet Russia, specifically food's role in its culture, politics and economy. She's written two books. She enjoys fostering coonhounds, wine tasting and tea parties with her toddler.

In the interview, without appearing to explicitly do so, Caldwell also soothes anyone fretting that the world's brainiest publication about the universal need for calorie acquisition will go the way of a Rachael Ray rag.

"Gastronomica will stay the same more than it will change," Caldwell says, adding that the magazine will grow to include more scholarly research pieces and take on a more international focus -- less Europe and North America, more Asia and Africa, we're presuming.

On the horizon, the interview reveals, is a special issue on critical nutrition, an idea spawned by workshops. We're looking forward to seeing how the publication evolves (and not just because we've contributed on a few occasions).

See also:

- Gastronomica Magazine: What To Read Now, if Parade is Getting You Down


Want more Squid Ink? Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Related Content

Now Trending

Slideshows

  • Ladies Gunboat Society at Flores
    At Ladies Gunboat Society, the new operation out of the restaurant that used to be Flores on Sawtelle Boulevard, the Hoppin’ John is served as an appetizer or a small plate rather than a side, and the price is the stuff of comedy.
  • Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar
    Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar, with chef Jason Fullilove at the helm, is in the two buildings at the pier’s entrance that used to be Beachcomber Cafe and Ruby’s Diner. Those buildings, which have been overhauled completely, reflect both the pier’s 109-year-old history and the cultural import of Malibu itself.
  • The Tasting Menu Trend
    In Los Angeles especially, but increasingly across the country, restaurants are either switching to tasting menus, putting a greater focus on a tasting-menu option (while offering à la carte items as well), or opening as tasting-menu operations from day one. The format that used to be the calling card of only the fanciest of restaurants is becoming ubiquitous, even at places where the waiter calls you “dude” and there isn’t a white tablecloth in sight.