Rooted. Stories, recipes, and traditions from the Dudley Street neighborhood

UntitledOne of the many rewards of working in a university is the pleasure that I get from fabulous work by my students. Emma Scudder, a Senior at Tufts University, developed ‘Rooted’ in the fall of 2013 with the help of her UEP 293 Food Justice: Critical Approaches in Policy and Planning classmates Leah Lazer, Amanda Miller, Abby Harper, and Lissette Castillo and staff at The Food Project. It is a wonderful paean to diversity, place, culture and food. Emma’s appreciation of the power of story in building and nurturing community shines through as you will see as you read the document:

“Everybody has a story about food. It might be about a favorite family dish, the first time you grew tomatoes and tried one, or a food that brings you home when you taste it. Food is meant to be shared. Just as coming together around the dinner table brings people together, so does sharing the many unique stories that people have to tell about food. Rooted showcases stories, recipes and traditions from the Dudley Street neighborhood in Boston.”

Read the full document here


  1. Jennifer Hirsch on April 9, 2014 at 2:33 am

    This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing it. Again I am reminded of synergies with the work we’re doing in Chicago connecting culture, food, community, and sustainability, especially the Telling Our Stories video (

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