Caroline B. Barta, M.A., Ph.D. is a scholar of culinary history, cultures of reading, and kitchen literature.

My dissertation, “Julia’s Cookbook Readers: 1948-1963″ serves up the first comprehensive reading history of Mastering the Art of French Cooking (Mastering, 1961). I share the remarkable story of how a merry crew of cookbook readers wrote, revised, and published the perennially-beloved French cookbook for Americans.

Caroline received her PhD in English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds an MA from Boston College and a BA from Baylor University. She has received research funding from the Bibliographical Society of America, the Harry Ransom Center, the Newberry Library, Boston College, the University of Texas, the Modern Language Association, and the Mellon Foundation.

She has worked an administrator of the University of Texas’ lower division writing program for the Department of Rhetoric and Writing; as an editor and content creator of public humanities content for UT Liberal Arts Public Affairs; and as a freelance copyeditor and copywriter.