Men and Food, Dudes and Diets

Emily J.H. Contois and Tom Kerridge

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Exploring food and masculinity with Professor Emily Contois and Tom Kerridge.

This is an online event hosted on the British LIbrary platform. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

'Dude food' is at the heart of Emily Contois' book Diners, Dudes and Diets. But what does that mean? Is it meat-fuelled feasts cooked over fire, and choosing the spiciest curry on a Friday night after the pub – or low-fat yoghurts and diet drinks? The answer is all of those and more.

Explore how society's ideas about masculinity and food change over time, shaping the food we eat and how it is marketed as gender stereotypes continue to be rife across all aspects of food.

Food, gender and power collide as Emily talks to Tom Kerridge, the Michelin-starred chef who is no stranger to the machismo of professional kitchens and with his own very personal take on his changing relationship with cooking and eating 'dude food'.

Emily J.H. Contois is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa and the author of Diners, Dudes and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2020). She holds a PhD in American Studies from Brown University and three master’s degrees: an MA in American Studies from Brown University, an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University, and an MPH focused in Public Health Nutrition from University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores the connections between food, the body, health and identities in US popular culture and media, and has been published in numerous academic journals and books. She has also written for NBC News, Jezebel and Nursing Clio, and appeared on CBS This Morning, BBC Ideas, and Ugly Delicious on Netflix. She blogs at and can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @emilycontois.

Tom Kerridge worked as a chef in restaurants across Britain before deciding to set out on his own and take over a rundown pub in the quiet Buckinghamshire town of Marlow. He opened The Hand & Flowers with his wife, Beth, in 2005, and it went on to become the first (and only) pub in the world to be awarded two Michelin stars. The success of the team led to the opening of its sister pub The Coach of Marlow, which achieved its first Michelin star in 2018. You can also find Tom and his crew of culinary pirates behind the scenes of The Bull & Bear of Manchester, Kerridge’s Bar and Grill of London and The Butcher’s Tap of Marlow. His television series include, most recently, Saving Britain's Pubs, and Tom has been at the helm of the BBC’s Bake Off: Crème de la Crème and Food & Drink,

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Name: Men and Food, Dudes and Diets
Where: British Library St Pancras
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Price: Full Price: £5.00
Member: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546