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Drawing on the markets, restaurants, and ethnic neighborhoods of Paris, students in this creative writing workshop will explore the intersection between food and culture. We will consider the classic culinary traditions of Paris (and provincial France) t
Location:
Paris, France
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

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Program Description:
In this creative writing seminar where the culture and rituals around food, cooking, and eating will be considered from market to table, students will be asked to immerse themselves in a variety of writing tasks. These will range from food memoir and essay to journalistic profiles and reviews. Drawing on the city of Paris, its deeply rooted culinary traditions, and the diverse groups of immigrants that have made the city their home, students will write daily, bringing their own reflections and experiences with food into their work as they mine the rich culture that surrounds them. The works of noted food writers, both past and present, will be used as models for student writing. These include MFK Fisher, deemed “the poet of the appetites” by John Updike, as well as journalists covering France and its food culture, from the first half of the twentieth century to the present, including Elizabeth David, Craig Claiborne, Joseph Wechsberg, and Adam Gopnik. The readings will span a wide time period, beginning with Brillat-Savarin’s classic nineteenth century treatise on the pleasures of eating, The Physiology of Taste, excerpts from Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, and delving into contemporary pieces, including profiles and reviews by noted journalists Mark Bittman, David Lebovitz, and others covering the Middle East, Asian, and North African diaspora influencing Parisian cooking today.

Drawing on the markets, restaurants, and ethnic neighborhoods of Paris, students in this creative writing workshop will explore the intersection between food and culture. We will consider the classic culinary traditions of Paris (and provincial France) that have shaped the way Parisians have eaten for centuries, as well as recent influences of the diverse immigrant groups making the city their home today. Students will write in a variety of genres from essay and memoir, exploring the way place shapes their thoughts on food, to literary journalism, profiling the people, places, and ingredients representative of the Paris food scene today.

In this creative writing seminar where the culture and rituals around food, cooking, and eating will be considered from market to table, students will be asked to immerse themselves in a variety of writing tasks. These will range from food memoir and essay to journalistic profiles and reviews. Drawing on the city of Paris, its deeply rooted culinary traditions, and the diverse groups of immigrants that have made the city their home, students will write daily, bringing their own reflections and experiences with food into their work as they mine the rich culture that surrounds them. The works of noted food writers, both past and present, will be used as models for student writing.
Setting Description:
Housing & Meals: Students will be housed in dormitory-style residence halls during their time in Paris. Some group meals will be included in the cost of the program, but students should budget for most of their own food costs. Cultural Activities: Cultural activities provided by the program include visiting both historic food-related venues in the city, as well as contemporary ones. The following site visits are included as part of the program: Baguette to Bistro tour of patisseries, cheese shops, butcher shops, and cafes and bistros in the city. Market tour with a local food writer/cook living in Paris Tour of a cheese cave outside of Paris Day of cooking in a commercial kitchen Tour of ethnic neighborhood in Paris
Cost:
$4,982 (estimated cost)

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