Greetings and salutations!
I'm a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, writing a dissertation about the history of flavor science, synthetic flavors, and flavorists. My story mostly takes place in the United States. I begin around the middle of the nineteenth century, start building steam at about 1890, really get going in the interwar period, climax in the postwar, and then settle into a denouement by 1970. In practice, what this means is that the better part of my days are spent gazing despondently at the screen of my laptop, trying to string together enough words to make a dissertation. I'm getting there!
Sometimes, I take a swing at episodes in the history of flavor/science/technology/food/culture with a big yellow plastic whiffleball bat, and I post those essays here on my blog. Sometimes, my writing appears in other places.
I was also an advisor for the Museum of Food and Drink's excellent inaugural exhibit, "Flavor: Making It and Faking It." Go see it next time you're in Brooklyn!
Until I motivate myself to write a more proper autobiographical squib, please accept this bio from the UPenn History & Sociology of Science department website.
You can also follow me on twitter @thebirdisgone. Mostly, I post funny pictures I find in old food industry trade journals, as well as links to my blog when I've got a new post up.