Roundtable: Food and Music: Directions for Research

Document Type

Conference Proceeding



Conference Title

Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), Global Gateways and Local Connections


New York University, New York, NY

Conference Dates

June 20-24, 2012

Date of Presentation



Food and music oftentimes accompany each other, particularly at festive or ritualistic events. Some music genres also use food as a frequent theme, either as a subject in itself, or as a metaphor usually for sex. Are there other commonalities between these two domains of experience that can contribute understanding of either one? In what ways are they similar; and in what ways different? Can musicological theories and concepts be usefully applied to food, and vice versa? This forum presents initial thoughts on the possibility of a field of gastromusicology.