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Honoring 3 Award-Winning Titles on Agriculture, Labor and Justice from UC Press

UC Press is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious lists in Food Studies, an interdisciplinary field that brings together scholars from diverse backgrounds to examine the role and impact of food consumption and production. Many of our authors, like Marion Nestle and Janet Poppendieck, highlight and challenge the food industry’s negative impact [more...]

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Gary Paul Nabhan Talks about His "Spice Odyssey"

Gary Paul Nabhan takes us on a vivid and far-ranging journey across time and space in his new book, Cumin, Camels, and Caravans. In this conversation with editor Blake Edgar, Nabhan discusses the historical convergences that inspired him to write the book, his thoughts on the locavore movement, and the spices that remind him of [more...]

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Two UC Press Authors Up for Best Wine Blog Awards

Congratulations to Jamie Goode and Randall Grahm, both finalists for the 2014 Wine Blog Awards. Grahm’s Been Doon So Long Blog and Goode’s Wine Blog are nominated in the Best Overall Wine Blog category, and Been Doon So Long is also a finalist for Best Winery Blog.

Cast your vote for the winner before midnight on June 20!

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American Wine Named One of the Best Wine Books of 2013

The Washington Post mentioned Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy’s American Wine in its list of “Best wine books of 2013.” The Post called the reference guide a gift “any wine lover would appreciate.” Wine writer Dave McIntyre profiled American Wine earlier this year, praising its mission to capture American wine culture in all 50 states. The [more...]

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Healthy Food, at Whose Expense?

NPR’s The Salt recently featured an interview with Seth Holmes, author of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies, about the unfair and unsafe conditions faced by migrant workers who provide Americans with fresh fruit and vegetables. During his research in the field, Holmes traveled with migrant farmworkers back and forth from Oaxaca, Mexico and up the West [more...]

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Introducing Melissa L. Caldwell, New Editor of Gastronomica

We’re pleased to announce that Melissa L. Caldwell, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has joined UC Press as the new editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture. A two-time UC Press author (Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia’s Countryside and Not by Bread Alone: Social Support in the New Russia), her research [more...]

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Wine Tourism Day is May 11th - Pair with a Copy of American Wine

Over the past three decades, a wine revolution has been taking place across the United States. There are now more than 7,000 American wine producers—up from 440 in 1970—and the best bottles are every bit as good as the finest wines of Europe.

In celebration of this burgeoning industry, Saturday, May 11th, is North America’s first-ever [more...]

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Merry White Honored for Contributions to Japanese Studies

We are pleased to announce that the Government of Japan honored UC Press author Merry White today with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon decoration. The award recognizes Professor White’s significant contribution to the development of Japanese studies and the introduction of Japanese culture in the United States.

Merry White, better [more...]

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Happy International Tempranillo Day

Not that you need an excuse to tuck into a great bottle of Tempranillo, but we’re giving you one anyway! Today is International Tempranillo Day, a celebration of the Tempranillo grape with all its regional synonyms. TAPAS, the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society, has organized this day and is encouraging everyone to open a [more...]

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Mexican Cuisine's African Roots

Thanks to Marilyn Tausend for this guest post on the fascinating, little-known history of Africa’s influence on Mexican cuisine. Tausend is the author of the new UC Press book La Cocina Mexicana: Many Cultures, One Cuisine, Cocina de la Familia: More than 200 Authentic Recipes from Mexican-American Home Kitchens (winner of the IACP Julia Child Award for the [more...]

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