Melissa L. Caldwell is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the editor of Gastronomica. Her research, writing, and teaching focus on the role of food in political processes in Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe. She has written on food nationalism, culinary tourism, gardening and natural foods, and the social experience of hunger and food assistance. Her new research examines the shifting terrain of science and art in food, with particular attention to molecular gastronomy and food hacking. She is the author of Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia’s Countryside (University of California Press 2011) and Not by Bread Alone: Social Support in the New Russia (University of California Press 2004), editor of Food & Everyday Life in the Postsocialist World (Indiana University Press 2009), and co-editor with James L. Watson of The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating (Blackwell 2004) and co-editor with Yuson Jung and Jakob Klein of Ethical Eating in the Postsocialist and Socialist World (University of California Press, In Press).
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