Many people made the multisensory dining event and Sound Never Tasted So Good possible. First, I want to thank Jody Shipka for helping me get my Sound, Composition, and Culture seminar on the books, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for providing me with the generous startup funds that contributed to this event. I also owe a special thanks to Neil Fraistat and the faculty and staff at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, who encouraged this project from the very beginning. I am grateful to Stephanie Sapienza, our fearless chef, for her delicious contributions, and to Jason Farman and the student participants in the Design Cultures & Creativity program at the University of Maryland, College Park: Giovanna Papa, HaeMee Lee, Jenna Trupp, Mignon Kim, Jack Blaes, and Anna Wunsch. I am also appreciative of our nonstudent participants, Eric Schulze and Psyche Williams, for sharing their time and thoughtful responses; of our photographer, Marlayna Dermond; and of our videographer, Max Cole. And of course, none of this would have been possible without the efforts of my amazing Sound, Composition, and Culture students: Thomas SunBear, Ryan Mulherin, Tina Alston, Sam Manas, Trevor Ruben, Leslie McNeely, Tyler Robinson, Ben Lasher, Imani Spence, Keira Evans, Sean Heeter, Jamie Heathcote, Cullen Oliff, Meghan Cusack, David Coursey, Joanne Pan, and Champ Dechsi. All of the students listed above were kind enough to give me permission to share their work and documented participation in this project.
I presented various parts of Sound Never Tasted So Good at the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, the 2016 Modern Language Association convention in Austin, and the 2016 DH@UVA conference at the University of Virginia. Also, a version of “Enlivening Sonic Composition” first appeared in Sounding Out! as “Snap, Crackle, Pop: The Sonic Pleasures of Food.” Thanks to the organizations, editors, and colleagues who supported this work along the way.
I am also indebted to faculty and graduate students who provided valuable feedback during invited talks at several institutions. Many thanks to the Composition program at the University of Pittsburgh and to Debra Hawhee for inviting me to her Rhetoric’s Sensorium graduate seminar at Penn State University. I owe a hearty thanks to all of her students—especially Jen Buchanan, Caroline Koons, and Sarah Adams—for sharing their enthusiasm and ideas. And as always, I am grateful to Pamela VanHaitsma for her contagious discipline and for making sure I stayed on track with this project.
Finally, thanks to Jeff Rice for his guidance and patience with this project, to the reviewers for their smart and useful commentary, to Eric Detweiler for his stellar copyediting, and to Sergio Figueiredo for the design work that helped bring this piece to life.