Texas Tech University

"Food and..." Speakers Series

Roger Porter


Roger Porter

Food and Tourism: With Anthony Bourdain What You See is Never What You'll Get
Thursday, March 1, 2018
TTU Library, South Croslin Room, 5:30 p.m.

Anthony Bourdain's immensely popular TV culinary travel shows whet our appetites, but like pornography, they traffic in vicarious thrills, seducing by making us imagine what we can never experience. Bourdain's appealing displays--of self, place, and edibles--raise important questions about how to understand what is authentic versus what is carefully crafted showmanship. Is he a gastronomic man of the people, or the consummate insider? And what does food--and appetite--really mean to him?

Roger Porter is Professor Emeritus of English at Reed College, and the author of numerous works of criticism on autobiography and memoir, including Self-Same Songs: Autobiographical Performances and Reflections and Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers. He is also a James Beard nominated restaurant critic, a food writer in Portland, Oregon, and co-editor (with Sandra Gilbert) of Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food Writing.

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Roger PorterPictured left to right: Guest Speaker Roger Porter and Humanities Center Director Dorothy Chansky.




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