Andrew F. Smith is a writer and lecturer on food and culinary history. He serves as the general editor for the Edible Series, published by Reaktion Press. He also teaches Food Studies at the New School University in New York.
Specifically, he has:
• Written or edited 29 books, including the 3-volume Oxford Encyclopedia on Food and Drink in America (Oxford University Press, 2013), Sugar: A Global History (Reaktion Books, 2015), Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City (Oxford University Press, 2015), and Fast Food: The Good, the Bad and the Hungry (Reaktion 2016). He has completed Food in America (ABC-CLIO), scheduled for release in February 2017, focusing on food controversies related to the environment, nutrition and health, and the economy. For more information
• Taught a variety of university courses, including American Culinary History; Contemporary Food Controversies; Culinary Luminaries; Drinking: Fifteen Beverages that Shaped American History; Food & Television: From Julia Child to Top Chef; Professional Food Writing; Advanced Culinary History; Foods of the Americas; From Marcus Apicius to Julia Child: Introduction to Culinary History; How to Launch Your Food Writing Career; How to Publish Your Cookbook; and Write & Sell Food Articles.
• Been interviewed frequently been interviewed for newspapers and magazines including New York Times, New Yorker, Newsday, Fortune, Daily News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution, Vogue, and Reader’s Digest. For more information.
• Served as an historical consultant to several food television productions, including “Food Essence” television programs and series that have aired on PBS, the History Channel, the Food Network, Discovery, and Sundance Channel. For more information.
• Consulted with many not-for-profit organizations and university programs in the humanities and education fields. He has served on advisory committees or on the boards of directors of over thirty not-for-profit organizations. He currently is a member of the Editorial Board for the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) journal, Food, Culture and Society. He has served on the Executive Council of the American Society for Journalists and Authors and has served as past Chair for The Culinary Trust, the philanthropic partner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
• Organized 84 local, national and international conferences, such as the Roger Smith Cookbook Conferences and Food Writers’ Conferences, Edible Conversations, and special programs, including:
Julia Child: Culinary Revolutionary, June 10, 2008; See the video
M. F. K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites, September 22, 2008; See the video
James Beard: The Quintessential American Epicure, February 12, 2009; See the video
Craig Claiborne and the Invention of Food Journalism, June 11, 2009; See the video
Clementine Paddleford: America’s First Food Journalist, June 23, 2010; See the video
Culinary Luminaries: Robert Mondavi, January 23, 2012; See the video
Spirits of America: Rum, Gin and Vodka, June 26, 2012; See the video