Date of Award

Winter 12-15-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies

First Advisor

Jonathan Highfield

Second Advisor

Mark Sherman


The purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which interactions with food and around food affect an individual’s sense of self, connection to community as well as to friends and family, and sense of place. Short, personal narrative gives way to discussion of such themes and ideas as home, homemade food and terroir. It becomes clear that acts of celebration of and gratitude for food, particularly in connection with a specific place or line of heritage, play necessary roles in the development of our personal identities and in our search for belonging. These stories are based on personal experiences of the author’s, and are therefore contextualized with references to her hometown in the state of Rhode Island and its cultural and gastronomical history and demographics.



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