Author: brotger

SPAM

Here’s another post in our series from Dr. Karen Metheny’s Anthropology of Food class, by Gastronomy student David Ginivisian.    SPAM.  When discussing canned meats, SPAM is arguably in a class by itself.  Introduced domestically in 1939 as a convenient and affordable food, it has risen to an unlikely iconic status. The recognizable cans stacked […]

Pickles and Transfems: Hormonal and Cultural Food Craving in Gender Transition

This week we are featuring work from students in Val Ryan’s class The Science of Food and Cooking (MET ML619). Today’s post comes from Michelle Samuels. Craving pickles is a commonly reported experience among transgender women and other transfeminine people undergoing hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The commonly held explanation involves a potential sodium-wasting side effect […]