Ken Albala

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Ken Albala
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Ken Albala
Born (1964-11-03) November 3, 1964 (age 53)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other names Kenneth Albala
Occupation Professor, author, blogger
Years active 1990–present

Ken Albala is Professor of History at the University of the Pacific (United States)[1] and founder of the Food Studies MA program in San Francisco.[2] He has authored or edited 25 books on food.[3][4] and co-authored "The Lost Art of Real Cooking" and "The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home."[5][6][7][8] He has made numerous appearances in media[9] and at conferences discussing food issues[10][11] He is featured on the DVD: "Food: A Cultural Culinary History."[12]


  • Eating Right in the Renaissance, University of California Press, 2002.ISBN 9780520229471[13]
  • Food in Early Modern Europe, Greenwood Press, 2003.ISBN 0313319626[14]
  • Opening Up North America, with Caroline Cox, Facts on File, 2005. Revised ed, 2009.ISBN 1604131969[15]
  • Cooking in Europe: 1250-1650, Greenwood Press, 2006.ISBN 0313330964[16]
  • The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe, U. of Illinois Press, 2007.[8]
  • Beans: A History, Berg Publishers, 2007.ISBN 1845204301[17]
  • Pancake, Reaktion Press, 2008. Translated into Japanese 2013.ISBN 9781861893925[18]
  • The Lost Art of Real Cooking, with Rosanna Nafziger, Perigee/Penguin, 2010. ISBN 0399535888[19]
  • Three World Cuisines: Italian, Mexican, Chinese. AltaMira Press, 2012. ISBN 9780759121256[20]
  • The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home, with Rosanna Nafziger, Perigee/Penguin, 2012. ISBN 0399537775[21]
  • Grow Food, Eat Food, Share Food. Oregon State University Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-87071-718-5[22]
  • Nuts: A Global History. Reaktion Press, 2014. ISBN 9781780232829[23]
  • The Most Excellent Book of Cookery: An edition and translation of the 16th century Livre fort excellent de cuysine. With Timothy Tomasik. Prospect Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-903018-96-5[24]
  • Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession. University of Illinois Press, 2018. ISBN 9780252083181[25]
Edited volumes and encyclopedias
  • The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries. With Gary Allen. Greenwood Press, 2007.[26]
  • Human Cuisine. With Gary Allen. Thyestian Press/Booksurge, 2008. ISBN 1419693913[27]
  • Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. Four Volumes. Greenwood Press/ABC-CLIO, 2011. ISBN 978-0-313-37626-9[28]
  • Food and Faith in the Christian Tradition. With Trudy Eden. Columbia University Press, 2011. ISBN 9780231149976[29]
  • A Cultural History of Food in The Renaissance. Fabio Parasecoli and Peter Scholliers, Series Editors. Ken Albala, vol. 3 editor. Berg Publishers, 2012. ISBN 9780857850256[30]
  • Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies. Routledge, 2012. Paperback ed. 2014. ISBN 978-1-13-801949-2[31]
  • Food History: A Primary Source Reader. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9780857854124[32]
  • From Famine to Fast Food: Nutrition, Diet and Concepts of Health Around the World. ABC-CLIO, 2014. ISBN 978-1-61069-743-9[33]
  • Food in Time and Place: The American Historical Association Companion to Food History. Paul Freedman, Joyce Chaplin and Ken Albala, editors. University of California Press, 2014. ISBN 9780520283589[34]
  • Food Issues: An Encyclopedia. Three Volumes. Sage Publications, 2015. ISBN 9781452243016[35]
  • At the Table: Food and Family Around the World. Greenwood/ABC-CLIO, 2016. ISBN 9781610697378[36]


  • "Three World Cuisines: Italian, Mexican, Chinese" was the winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for “Best Foreign Cuisine Book in the World” 2013.[37]
  • "Beans" won the 2008 International Association of Culinary Professionals Jane Grigson Award and the Cordon d’Or in Food History/Literature.[6][38]


  1. ^ "Ken Albala's Biography". 
  2. ^ "Master of Arts in Food Studies in San Francisco". 
  3. ^ "Ken Albala". 
  4. ^ Ken Albala. "Books by Ken Albala". Archived from the original on 2015-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Ken Albala - Penguin Books USA". 
  6. ^ a b "Author - Ken Albala". SAGE. 
  7. ^ "Ken Albala - OSU Press". 
  8. ^ a b Ken Albala. "UI Press - Ken Albala - The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe". 
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  10. ^ Frederick Douglass Opie. "Food As A Lens". 
  11. ^ "Come listen to some of Sacramento's top food writers talk about our region's culinary legacy at "Taste of History"". 
  12. ^ Tiger (May 27, 2014). "Food: A Cultural Culinary History". English. 
  13. ^ "Eating Right in the Renaissance". University of California Press. 
  14. ^ "Food in Early Modern Europe". 
  15. ^ "Opening Up North America, 1497-1800". 
  16. ^ "Cooking in Europe, 1250-1650". 
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  19. ^ "The Lost Art of Real Cooking". The Kitchn. 
  20. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Three World Cuisines: Italian, Mexican, Chinese by Ken Albala. Rowman & Littlefield/Altamira, $40 trade paper (392p)". 
  21. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home: The Happy Luddite's Guide to Domestic Self-Sufficiency by Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger Henderson. Perigee, $23 (288p)". 
  22. ^ "Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food - OSU Press". 
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  24. ^ "The Most Excellent Book of Cookery". Prospect Books. 
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  27. ^ The Old Foodie. "The Old Foodie". 
  28. ^ "Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia". 
  29. ^ World Archipelago. "Book Details". 
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  31. ^ Routledge. "Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies". 
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  33. ^ "From Famine to Fast Food". 
  34. ^ "Food in Time and Place". University of California Press. 
  35. ^ "SAGE: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Food Issues: Three-Volume Set: Ken Albala: 9781452243016". SAGE. 
  36. ^ "At the Table: Food and Family Around the World". ABC-CLIO. 
  37. ^ "WINNERS 2013 >> - Gourmand Awards Winners 2013 Cookbook". 
  38. ^ "Enter the IACP Awards - Award - IACP - International Association of Culinary Professionals".