the political economy of food

I started teaching a course on this topic in 1995. At that time, the concept was so extremely uninteresting (both to the political economists and to the cultural studies people) that the university not only wouldn’t pay us but wouldn’t even allow us access to classroom space. Tony Samara and I taught the course in our living room for several years and I continued to teach it annually through 2009.

In many ways the beginning of The Viand was this class, because the students would arrive to our house hungry, and we learned to cook for 20. Every semester we took the students on a field trip to the farmers market, and then home to teach them how to cook the things we’d fed them during the course, and also how to use the vegetables they’d brought home from the market. These were the first Viand cooking classes.

Here is the syllabus.