Food Studies Scholar Amy Bentley to Discuss Baby Food's Evolution, Impact at UH

Bentley to Deliver Food for Thought Lecture Feb. 6

Leading food studies scholar Amy Bentley will deliver the lecture “Baby Food and the American Industrial Diet” at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 at the Science and Engineering Classroom (SEC) 105. The free event is part of the Food for Thought Lecture Series and open to the public.

“We are excited to bring Dr. Amy Bentley to campus because she is a leading food studies scholar and her work on the cultural history of baby food is pathbreaking,” said Todd Romero, associate professor of history and co-director of the Gulf Coast Food Project at UH.“She contextualizes changing attitudes about American motherhood within debates about nutrition, gender, and the way industrialization of our food system. Her talk should interest a wide campus audience and anyone who is interested in the changing ways that Americans have debated what’s best for a baby to eat.”

Bentley will explore how the invention of commercial baby food shaped American notions of infancy and influenced the evolution of parental and pediatric care. Her lecture is based on her book, “Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet.”

Bentley is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. A historian with interests in the social, historical and cultural contexts of food, she serves as editor for “A Cultural History of Food in the Modern Era.” She has published numerous articles on the social, historical and cultural contexts of food. Bentley also serves as editor of Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and is a board member for the journals Food and Foodways and the Graduate Journal of Food Studies.

Food for Thought Lecture Series featuring Ann Bentley:
“Baby Food and the American Industrial Diet”
Free and open to the public.
For more information, contact UH Prof. Todd Romero at or 713-743-3112 

5:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6 

Science and Engineering Classroom (SEC) 105
University of Houston
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Public parking is available in the Stadium Parking Garage off Cullen.

The Food for Thought Lecture Series is presented by UH’s Center for Public History Gulf Coast Food Project with the mission to promote the scholarly study of food in the Texas Gulf Coast Region. The lecture is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities; UH’s Center for Public History Lecture Series, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Women’s Resource Center and the Honors College Medicine and Society Program.


About the Gulf Coast Food Project
The Gulf Coast Food Project was founded in 2008 and brings food studies research and creative endeavors into the classroom and community. The Food for Thought Lecture Series promotes the scholarly study of food. The presenters highlight the latest research on the multiple ways food shapes business and economy, nutrition and health, the environment, and social relations. For more information, visit  

About the University of Houston
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