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Phi Beta Kappa Lecture: "Is Food Art?" by Dr. Ken Albala

Please join the Lambda of Texas chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society for a public reception and lecture by Dr. Ken Albala, Professor of History and Director of Food Studies, University of the Pacific. The reception will begin at 5:00 pm and Dr. Albala's lecture entitled "Is Food Art?" will start at 5:30 pm.

While we like to speak of food as a refined object of culture, cooking is usually not a university major like art or music. This talk will explore the unusual position of cooking among the arts, both refined and homey, and try to understand why it has remained lowly in status, despite celebrity chefs and temples of gastronomy. An argument will be made that cooking should be considered an art form since it is vital to life, not only super refined or expensive food, but every form of cooking.

Dr. Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific and Director of the Food Studies MA program in San Francisco. He has authored or edited 23 books on food including Eating Right in the RenaissanceFood in Early Modern EuropeCooking in Europe 1250-1650The Banquet, Beans (winner 2008 IACP Jane Grigson Award), Pancake, Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food and Nuts: A Global History. He was co-editor of the journal Food, Culture and Society and has also co-edited The Business of Food, Human CuisineFood and Faith and edited A Cultural History of Food: The Renaissance and The Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies.

Dr. Albala was editor of the Food Cultures Around the World series, the 4-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia and is now series editor of Rowman and Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy for which he wrote Three World Cuisines (winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards best foreign cuisine book in the world for 2012). He has also co-authored cookbooks: The Lost Art of Real Cooking and The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home. His latest works are a Food History Reader and a translation of the 16th century Livre fort excellent de cuysine. His course Food: A Cultural Culinary History is available on DVD from the Great Courses. Albala has just finished editing a 3-volume encyclopedia on Food Issues which will be published in the summer of 2015. He is now working on a book about noodle soups. Dr. Albala is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Both the reception and the lecture are free and open to the public.

Event sponsored by the Lambda of Texas Phi Beta Kappa Chapter ( and co-sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, the Department of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management, and the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. 


Catherine Galley


Honors College

Event Information
Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Event Date: 3/9/2015

TTU International Cultural Center (601 Indiana Avenue)