Culinary Historian

Teach, write, or consult about food history.

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Salary Range
$26,000 – $96,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Culinary Historians do?

If you’ve ever wondered why eggnog is big at Christmas or how it came to be that turkey means thanksgiving, then the job of a Culinary Historian might be for you. Culinary Historians look at the past through food and drink, analyzing how different meals and drinks have shaped current cultures and societies.

The kind of job you get as a Culinary Historian will depend a lot on what you want to do and your ability to think out of the box. Most companies don’t really hire for this specific position but if you’re creative you can find ways to write, research, or teach. Pretty much any job a Historian has you can get. This means you might find yourself lecturing at a school, writing a book or doing research, but instead of the Civil War you’ll be dealing with food so you might work at a culinary school or write a cookbook.

If reading and writing all day isn’t your cup of tea there are other options for you when it comes to job hunting. Movie Producers and Television Producers hire Culinary Historians to make sure the food being served in their movies is accurate. In this case you are the one to come on set and let them know the milkshakes they are serving in their 1820’s period piece aren’t quite what people were enjoying in that time and give them some suggestions of other foods that would work.

Should I be a Culinary Historian?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Culinary Historian

    Most Culinary Historians have a Doctorate or a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:axat9y&chl=|certificate+%2818%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2815%25%29|master%27s+%2848%25%29|doctorate+%2819%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,48
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