Macgeorge Fellowship Recipient 2016/2017 - Professor Darra Goldstein
Darra Goldstein is the Willcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professor of Russian at Williams College and Founding Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, named the 2012 Publication of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. She has published widely on literature, culture, art, and cuisine and has organized several exhibitions, including Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500-2005, both at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In addition to serving as Editor in Chief of the James Beard-nominated Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, she is the author of five cookbooks: A Taste of Russia (nominated for a Tastemaker Award), The Georgian Feast (winner of the 1994 IACP Julia Child Award for Cookbook of the Year), The Winter Vegetarian, Baking Boot Camp at the CIA (IACP award finalist), and Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking, a finalist for both the James Beard and IACP awards.
Goldstein has consulted for the Council of Europe as part of an international group exploring ways in which food can be used to promote tolerance and diversity, and under her editorship the volume Culinary Cultures of Europe: Identity, Diversity and Dialogue was published in 2005. She has also consulted for the Russian Tea Room and Firebird restaurants in New York City and was the national spokesperson for Stolichnaya vodka when it was first introduced to the US. In 2013 she served as Distinguished Fellow in Food Studies at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto.
Goldstein is currently Food Editor of Russian Life magazine and Series Editor of California Studies in Food and Culture (University of California Press). Most recently, she was named Editor in Chief of CURED, a new magazine launching in October 2016 from Zero Point Zero Production, the company behind the PBS television series Mind of a Chef.
Professor Goldstein joins Dr Roberta Trapé (2015/2016) as the School's second Macgeorge Fellow and will be visiting the University between November 8 to December 8 2016. Details of her Public Lecture will be released in September.
The Macgeorge Fellowship is supported by the Macgeorge Bequest Committee and is awarded on an annual basis.