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Darra Goldstein

Darra Goldstein is the founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture and the Francis C. Oakley Professor of Russian at Williams College.

Since earning her doctorate in Slavic Languages & Literatures from Stanford University, Goldstein has published numerous books and articles on Russian 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, at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

She is the author of four cookbooks, including A Taste of Russia, The Winter Vegetarian, and The Georgian Feast, which won the 1994 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Julia Child Award for Cookbook of the Year. Her most recent books are Baking Boot Camp at the CIA and The Gastronomica Reader. She 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 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the European Cultural Convention.

Goldstein has also consulted for the Russian Tea Room and Firebird restaurants in New York City and is currently Food Editor of Russian Lifemagazine. She served on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals from 2006-2008 and is General Editor of California Studies in Food and Culture (University of California Press), a book series that seeks to broaden the audience for serious scholarship in food studies and to celebrate food as a means of understanding the world.

Online Resources:

Darra Goldstein’s website

Selected Bibliography:

The Winter Vegetarian (HarperCollins 2010)

The Gastronomica Reader (University of California Press 2010)

Baking Boot Camp (Wiley 2007)

A Taste of Russia (Russian Information Services 1999)

The Georgian Feast (University of California Press 1999)