Explore contemporary social and cultural issues through the lens of food–and taste the burgeoning new landscape of food-related writing, documentary films, memoirs, and podcasts. Selections include books and videos by celebrity chefs; films and essays about pioneering food critics and restaurant proprietors; and podcasts that address issues related to food, inequality, and social action.

Evoking the sights, smells, and tastes of home kitchens, gourmet restaurants, and communal tables, we will discuss complexities of immigration and identity, family connections, urban life, race, and ethnicity.

The three documentary films include:

City of Gold (directed by Laura Gabbert) about the life and contributions of Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold;

Jiro Dreams of Sushi, (directed by David Gelb) about a famous sushi chef and his sons in Tokyo; and

Theater of Life (directed by Peter Svatek) about a soup kitchen run by a global team of gourmet chefs for homeless people in Milan, Italy.

We will also read the memoir My American Dream by Lidia Bastianich. Links to additional articles, podcasts, and TV videos will be distributed to class participants.

The three assigned films will be viewed at home on amazon prime, Netflix, or other video streaming services prior to class discussion. Links to relevant podcast episodes, articles, websites, and short TV videos will be sent to students over the duration of the class.


Day: 3 Mondays
Dates: Jan 27th – Mar 2nd
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Location: Larchmont Temple
 Fee:  $85

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