devon house

Me at home in Jamaica

About that Life…

Yeah right.

That’s me in Kingston, Jamaica on a 2010 research trip. The house, in central Kingston where my dreams of “that life” begin, is Devon House. And, I’ve got big dreams.

In reality, I am a writer, librarian/archivist, and independent food historian. I am also the founder of Roots Cuisine, which is slowly becoming a foodways library portal, which will soon be the online home of the physical foodways library I am building.

Anyway, I live in a decidedly less awesome pad but on a great street in Harlem that’s like something out of a movie. I really love it.

I’m a librarian and archivist and I write about food. I’m interested in building collections that document underrepresented groups comprehensively as well as ethics in collecting and access. I also write about food and have subject matter expertise in foodways and food history. I have special interests in African Diaspora, African, and Middle Eastern culinary traditions but I’m globally inclined.

As you might have figured out from what I’ve written, I’m working on combining the two in academic or special libraries.

Want to learn how I became involved in food? Read my first ever article here, which was published in Gastronomica, in 2007. I’m still very proud of it.