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Taste of the Nation won the 2017 Association for the Study of Food and Society Best Book Award

Camille Bégin is a historian of food and the senses in North American history. Her interdisciplinary research explores the relationship between taste, race, and place to understand how past sensory experiences of food shape how we eat today.

Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search For America’s Food is now out in the Studies in Sensory History series published by the University of Illinois Press.

Her current research projects embrace public history and digital humanities to deepen our understanding of the role of food and taste in the making of global, diasporic cities. 

Camille is a lecturer at the Culinaria Research Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a public historian at Heritage Toronto. In 2014-2016, she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Sensory Studies at Concordia University. She graduated with a PhD in History at the University of Toronto in 2012 and earned an MA in North American history from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.