Amelia Award Recipient: 2012

Andrew F. Smith

The list of works of culinary history that Andy Smith has authored or edited is stunningly long, ranging from the history of junk food to the crucial strategies of food access in the Civil War, but his real contributions are seen in his generosity as teacher, mentor, and impresario, organizing conferences and programs that bring together diverse groups of scholars, activists and members of the public to examine past and contemporary food culture. He donated his collection of more than 7,000 books on food to New York University’s Fales Collection, helping to make Fales the largest library of food materials in the United States.