Tangible Memories

I’m listening to a lot of BBC Food Programme podcasts at the moment as I prepare to hunker down and write my book for Bloomsbury Academic this summer. And as I listen to stories of Syrian food and make copious notes, I remember how much I learned from the Syrians on my own doorstep. And I didn’t even post the links here. So as I read, listen and cram, I’m revisiting my blog here with…

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Food Trucking USA

Food truck cuisine is just about the biggest thing in American food culture this summer, with foodies lining up for fresh grilled chicken sandwiches, tacos made to order or barbecued chicken and ribs in city parks.  Kennesaw State University Journalism professor, Josh Azriel braved the Atlanta heatwave to get into the kitchens at the city’s Food Truck Park. He spoke with three food truck owners taking full advantage of this new culinary craze in…

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Talking Atlanta… with Courtney Rushing

Another guest blog from my colleague at Kennesaw State University, Dr Josh Azriel who is rising to my challenge of examining the relationship between food and the high streets of the world for my book ‘Taste and the TV Chef’..  It can be daunting breaking into food media, especially television.  Yet, 23 year old Courtney Rushing, of Atlanta, Georgia in the United States has embarked on a new career.  As…

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Talking Atlanta.. with Kevin Gillespie

One of the joys of being a media academic is the opportunity to work with people all over the world who love to ask the deeper questions of life. Media academia is like journalism with a bigger dictionary, but the best academics (and journalists) are the ones who prod in a way that leaves the interviewee and the listener with something to chew on. Dr Josh Azriel, once a journalist, now Journalism and Citizen Media Director…

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48 hours in Toronto

48 hours in Toronto. It was just too rock’n’roll to miss. I was to present a paper on the ‘Making of Nigella’ a postmodern reading of the creation of gastroporn by the goddess herself  at the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies’ academic conference at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto before flying home the very next day. Jetlag? Shmeltlag; I’d got my Melatonin tablets and was ready to face my…

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