Many of the foods we enjoy in Los Angeles arrived via long journeys along the ancient Silk Roads, and are the result of countless exchanges between cultures in East and Central Asia, Persia, Western Asia, North Africa, and the Mediterranean. Join us for a conversation about these often hidden—and delicious—culinary histories moderated by science writer Nicola Twilley of the podcast Gastropod, chef Bughra Arkin of Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine, food archaeologist Farrell Monaco of the blog Tavola Mediterranea, food historian Joseph Nagy of Harvard University, and LAist food critic Elina Shatkin.
About the author:
Farrell Monaco is an award-winning Classical archaeologist and food-writer whose research centers on food, food preparation, and bread in the Roman Mediterranean. She writes regularly on the role of food and food preparation in Roman daily life on her site, Tavola Mediterranea, and publishes in both English and Italian. Farrell has also written exclusively for Atlas Obscura and BBC Travel. Her work has been featured prominently by National Geographic, Popular Science, The Atlantic, the BBC, The Guardian, The Economist, Esquire Magazine, SAPIENS Magazine, Verve Magazine, Saveur Magazine and Milk Street. In November of 2020, Farrell co-produced, wrote and presented a video on the history of the date palm fruit with The Getty Museum (Los Angeles, USA).