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Spotlights from 2020

What's Cooking?  Ice cream or gelato, sherbet or sorbet… What's the difference?
What's Cooking? Ice cream or gelato, sherbet or sorbet… What's the difference?    (07/09/20)

Philosophy professor Annalisa Coliva explains and shows us the difference in an episode of "Cooking with the Professor" on "Gelato Fest"!

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What's Cooking?  Crab Culture
What's Cooking? Crab Culture    (07/09/20)

Dean Tyrus Miller shares his recipe for crab cakes and knowledge about crab culture in Maryland. Click to read more and also see the Cooking with the Professor video with Dean Miller and Professor Deanna Shemek.

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What's Cooking?  Sheltering with Shabbat
What's Cooking? Sheltering with Shabbat    (06/08/20)

Julia Reinhard Lupton, Professor of English, shares how her family celebrates Shabbat.

For many years, our family has observed the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath every Friday night....

Art work: Shabbat in Providence, oil on canvas. Hannah Lupton Reinhard, 2020

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What's Cooking?  Homemade bread - the hard way
What's Cooking? Homemade bread - the hard way    (06/08/20)

Philosophy doctoral student Darby Vickers shares her experience with Baker's imposter syndrome.

Image: April 2020 loaf of the same crusty sourdough recipe Darby made in 2011-2020

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What's Cooking?  Ask the East Asian Studies Lunch Club
What's Cooking? Ask the East Asian Studies Lunch Club    (05/26/20)

Professor Hu Ying, chair of East Asian Studies, shares the community of home-cooked lunches in her department.

"March 12 was the last day I was on campus before everything shut down. I remember it was a Thursday because I was on duty for the Lunch Club...."

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What's Cooking?  The Secrets of a Real
What's Cooking? The Secrets of a Real    (05/26/20)

Read more and watch the episode of "Cooking with the Professor" with guest chef Professor Marco Panza, Professor of History and Philosophy of mathematics at Chapman University, and discerner of fake carbonara.

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Cooking as a Moving Meditation
Cooking as a Moving Meditation    (05/12/20)

What's Cooking? Professor Roxanne Varzi offers her reflections on how Ramadan inspires her cooking.

Prof. Varzi's is the most recent video guest on "Cooking with the Professor."

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What's Cooking?  Cook with the Professor for Orthodox Easter
What's Cooking? Cook with the Professor for Orthodox Easter    (05/12/20)

Professor and Chair of Classics Andromache Karanika offers her "Musings on Cooking" and her Greek recipe and video on preparing lamb with potatoes.

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What's Cooking?  Quarantine Domesticity Part II
What's Cooking? Quarantine Domesticity Part II    (05/06/20)

Food scholar and history graduate student Clare Gordon continues her reflections on the challenges of quarantine domesticity.

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What's Cooking?  Pandemic Foodways Part 1
What's Cooking? Pandemic Foodways Part 1    (05/06/20)

Food scholar and history graduate student Clare Gordon Bettencourt ponders the connections between the pandemic and foodways. Stay tuned for Part II of her commentary.

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What's Cooking?  Cooking with the professor in the time of coronavirus
What's Cooking? Cooking with the professor in the time of coronavirus    (04/26/20)

Annalisa Coliva, Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department, starts a YouTube series on cooking Italian recipes.

"Cooking is where everything comes together, for me. Skill, phantasy, health, care, culture are all mobilized in those few minutes, sometimes hours, I dedicate to cooking for my household....

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What's Cooking?  Porous Homes in the Vietnamese Diaspora
What's Cooking? Porous Homes in the Vietnamese Diaspora    (04/23/20)

Phuc Duy Nhu To, a Master's student in Asian American Studies, is both the photographer and the author of this reflection piece.

As we shelter in place due to the coronavirus, many of us are cooking more and sharing meals with our family. I study how members of the Vietnamese diaspora access "home" and "home cooking" when they are far from home.

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What's Cooking?  Craving Rustic Simplicity
What's Cooking? Craving Rustic Simplicity    (04/20/20)

Professor Deanna Shemek shares what she's cooking and craving.

What's cooking at my house these Covid-19 shelter-in-place days? Like others, I am taking advantage of being near my kitchen all day long, able to monitor a slow-cooking braise or soup, chop ingredients on a quick break from work, or observe a rising dough.

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What's Cooking?  Finding community in times of social distancing
What's Cooking? Finding community in times of social distancing    (04/16/20)

Read the reflections of Audrey Fong, a boba blogger, freelance social media adviser/food photographer, a UCI alumna (B.A. English '19), and the current Social Media and Digital Content Coordinator for the School of Humanities.

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A recipe from childhood memories
A recipe from childhood memories    (04/16/20)

The UCI Humanities Center is launching a new feature, entitled "What's Cooking?"
In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the shelter in place orders, our everyday lives have changed drastically. How has COVID-19 changed how we procure food as well as how and what we cook? How has the pandemic changed our relationship to food?

Enjoy the reflections by Assoc. Dean Yong Chen

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