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College of Human Ecology

K-State to offer food writing course for spring semester

Thursday, October 13, 2005

MANHATTAN -- A new course at Kansas State University in spring 2006 will help students become better communicators -- about food.

Offered through the department of hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics, HRIMD 499, Food Writing, will focus on communication about food and the significance of gastronomic writing. The course will be taught Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. in 150 Justin Hall.

Jane P. Marshall, a food journalist with more than 25 years of experience in the newspaper business, will teach the class. Students will learn to "prepare feasts with words to educate, enlighten and entertain readers." They will explore how food communicates and practice using all four senses. Students will be urged to think globally, analytically, creatively and practically about food writing.

A broad range of topics will be addressed, including the evolution of civilization to food preparation, customs and cultures. Students will practice their communication skills, primarily through reading and writing assignments in each class.

"We are delighted to have Jane Marshall bring her talents and expertise to our hospitality management and dietetics students," said Deborah Canter, department head of hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics. "Food is the foundation and common denominator for our academic programs. Having someone of Jane's caliber help our students learn new ways to communicate the joys of the table is exciting. This kind of academic offering is unique and gives our students a distinct advantage in the job market."

Marshall has experience as a reporter, features editor and food editor with such publications as the Denver Post, the Houston Chronicle and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She writes about food and nutrition for the New York Times Regional Newspaper group and has contributed to the Detroit News, Dallas Morning News, Hartford Courant and other media. She also is the author of a children's nonfiction book.

This article was posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.