Introducing the panel of judges for the 2021 M.F.K. Fisher Prize...
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Dr. Megan M Elias

Dr. Megan J. Elias is Director of the Gastronomy Program at Boston University and author of five
books about food history. She is Editor of the journal Food, Culture & Society.
Jean Haskell, Ph.D.
Jean Haskell, Ph.D., is a retired Professor of Appalachian Studies from Virginia Tech and East Tennessee State University and was Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  She is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Appalachia and was twice Whisman Appalachian Scholar for the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, D.C.  Among her special fields of research are Appalachian foodways and food system development in Appalachia. 
Yvonne Maffei
Yvonne Maffei is a food researcher & writer, cookbook author, e-commerce entrepreneur, public speaker, food industry consultant, marketer, an expert in halal cooking, and the founder of the first website  on halal food & cooking,
MyHalalKitchen.comHer book titles include Clean Your Kitchen Green (2010), Summer Ramadan Cooking (2013) and My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, Lifestyle Inspiration (2016).  She has been an invited guest at the Obama White House , a special counselor to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and a consultant for the first ever all-halal campus dining facility at New York University in Manhattan. She resides in the United States. 

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Mary Jane Petrowski
Mary Jane Petrowski is the Associate Director for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in Chicago, Illinois. 

Prior to joining ACRL, Mary Jane ran a military library on a U.S. intelligence base in Sinop, Turkey and later worked at the NATO Command Library in Ramstein, Germany. She worked for thirteen years in academic libraries, beginning as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and concluding as the director of information literacy at Colgate University. She earned her M.L.I.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978, and also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Library Science (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and a B.A. in English from Duke University. A fan of Chicago’s public transportation system, Mary Jane loves riding the CTA buses and trains and walking in the city. She lives in a historic building and swims every day so that she can keep up with the changing Chicago restaurant scene.


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