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My research takes wine as a case for examining how ideas, tastes and consumption practices travel and are adopted in new places. Before starting the PhD, I worked in food writing and taste education for Slow Food (Italy & France) and Voir Communications (Ottawa-Gatineau), among others. These experiences informed my research interests in how culture translates, and in understanding taste formation, with a particular focus on the sensory and embodied aspects of taste. I have also been involved in research projects that examine culinary cosmopolitanism, the role of culture in consumer choices and feminine ideals in food blogs. I am interested in pursuing future research on the construction of expertise in food and wine in the realm of professional and amateur restaurants criticism, as well as deepen her work on the strategies used to shape and transform tastes, and that involve practices and the body-mind dialectic.

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