'Curious Conversations' podcast: Anna Zeide talks about the history of winter holiday foods
December 4, 2023
Anna Zeide joined Virginia Tech’s “Curious Conversations” to chat about the history of foods traditionally connected to holidays occurring during the winter months, as well as the nature of developing personal traditions.
Anna Zeide is an associate professor of history at Virginia Tech. She is also the founding director of the Food Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences. She studies food as a way of understanding environmental change, dynamic cultural practices, consumer behavior, technology, health, and justice.
Three takeaways from the conversation
In modern America, the holidays are one of the few times society collectively recognizes home cooked food and the labor that goes into making it.
Winter holiday foods tend to include ingredients that aid with preservation and flavors that produce a warm or light feeling.
Food traditions related to the winter holidays tend to have less uniformity than a holiday like Thanksgiving.
About the podcast
"Curious Conversations" is a series of free-flowing conversations with Virginia Tech researchers that take place at the intersection of world-class research and everyday life. Produced and hosted by Virginia Tech writer and editor Travis Williams, university researchers share their expertise and motivations as well as the practical applications of their work in a format that more closely resembles chats at a cookout than classroom lectures. New episodes are shared each Tuesday.
Written by Travis Williams