Food Historian Offers Students a Unique Taste of English Literature

Published on: March 08, 2013

Community Invited to Presentation by Merrianne Timko on March 27 

Merrianne Timko
As part of Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Food and Feasting in Literature course, Merrianne Timko, professional food historian, will appeal to foodies, literature lovers, and historians alike during her on-campus presentation March 27.
Enjoy a fresh perspective on literature with professional food historian, Merrianne Timko, speaking to students and interested community members on March 27, at 1 p.m., at Lone Star College-Montgomery. Her presentation, “Alexander Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet: A Culinary Perspective” will appeal to foodies, literature lovers, and historians alike.

Timko will highlight the culinary imagery in Durrell’s novels, which are based in the culturally diverse area of Alexandria, Egypt. She’ll discuss Durrell’s friendship with the well-known British food writer, Elizabeth David, emphasizing how this relationship influenced Durrell’s writing.

Timko is a guest speaker for LSC-Montgomery’s themed English course, Food and Feasting in Literature, Art and Film (ENGL 2314).

“This course has attracted a variety of students,” said Ron Heckelman, professor of English who teaches the class. “The discipline of food studies has emerged as a major subfield within literary and critical theory.”

Timko is currently the data standards manager for The Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She has 25-years of experience and education in art history and an extensive background in culinary research. She has published numerous articles on culinary subjects, especially the work of Durrell, and frequently lectures and presents at conferences worldwide.

Community members interested in attending should contact Ron Heckleman, professor of English at LSC-Montgomery at Ronald.J.Heckelman@LoneStar.edu or 936.273.7023

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.