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Food & Culture in Latino Los Angeles: A Gallery Talk & Book Signing with Sarah Portnoy, PhD

  • Pacific Food and Beverage Museum 731 S. Pacific Ave. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States (map)

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary talks and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in venues across Southern California. Research Fellow Linda Civitello, Curator Richard FossChef Ernest Miller, and others deliver lively lectures and lead hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the Pacific Coast and American West. 

Food & Culture in Latino Los Angeles: A Gallery Talk & Book Signing with Sarah Portnoy, PhD


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Los Angeles is often referred to as the second largest city in Mexico. And the availability and vibrancy of food from across Mexico's many culinary cultures deserves some of the credit for that distinction. On Saturday, January 12, at LA's Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, USC Professor Sarah Portnoy discusses the history of Latino cuisine in Los Angeles and how the contemporary Latino food scene sharply contrasts with urban Latino neighborhoods, where access to affordable, healthy food is a struggle. After the presentation, Sarah will sign copies of her groundbreaking book, Food, Health, and Culture in Latino Los Angeles. 

During the program, enjoy fresh fare from Melissa's Produce.

ADMISSION IS FREE WITH RSVP

ABOUT THE PRESENTER

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Sarah Portnoy received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. She has been teaching since 2007 at the University of Southern California in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and American Studies and Ethnicity where she specializes in Latino food culture and food justice in Los Angeles.

Her 2016 Food, Health, and Culture in Latino Los Angeles explores the history of Latino cuisine in Los Angeles and the contemporary Latino food scene, a world that contrasts with nearby low-income Latino neighborhoods where access to affordable, healthy food is a constant struggle.

Dr. Portnoy has published a number of food-related articles and essays in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Weekly, KCET, and other academic publications.

She has been interviewed about her work on radio shows including Press Play with Madeline Brand and Good Food, and has been invited to speak at universities across the country, museums and community events. In 2018, she was a featured panelist at the LA Times Festival of Books.

Dr. Portnoy has worked with several South LA nonprofits over the years and has received grants from the USC Good Neighbors Campaign for her students to partner with local community organizations.

For more information, please visit sarahjportnoy.com    

ABOUT THE BOOK

Food, Health, and Culture in Latino Los Angeles explores the history of Latino cuisine in Los Angeles and the contemporary Latino food scene, one that sharply contrasts with urban Latino neighborhoods where access to affordable, healthy food is a struggle. The study offers solutions such as expanding urban agriculture and legalizing street vendors.