College of Liberal Arts

Foodways Texas Moves to UT Austin's American Studies Department

Posted Feb. 5, 2014

By Jessica Sinn

Foodways Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and honoring the Lone Star State’s unique food cultures, has moved to the American Studies Department at The University of Texas at Austin.

Modeled after the Southern Foodways Alliance, the nonprofit represents a movement to document Texas’ food culture through oral history projects, documentary films, recipe collections and scholarly research. Members include Texas farmers, cattle ranchers, microbrewers, academics, historians, chefs, restaurateurs and food writers from throughout the state.

“This is a significant addition to our college and to the American Studies Department,” says Randy Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Under the leadership of Chair Elizabeth Engelhardt the department has become an important center for the study of food and its influences on society and culture. This study will be enhanced by the work of the dedicated people and the unique research and collections that comprise Foodways Texas.”

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