Hudgins, Sharon

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HUDGINS, Sharon

PERSONAL:

Married; husband's name Tom. Education: University of Texas, B.S., M.A. (communications); University of Michigan, M.A. (political science).

ADDRESSES:

Home—McKinney, TX. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Texas A & M University Press, Drawer C, College Station, TX 77843. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Educator, researcher, writer, and editor. Taught for University of Maryland University College in Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan, Korea, and Russia.

AWARDS, HONORS:

National literary award, German Academy of Gastronomy, 1992, for Spanien: Küche, Land, und Menschen; Sophie Coe Subsidiary Prize in Food History, Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, 1996.

WRITINGS:

Spanien: Küche, Land, und Menschen (title means "Spain: Kitchen, Country, and People") Häedecke (Weil der Stadt, Germany), 1991.

Never an Ivory Tower: University of Maryland University College—The First Fifty Years, University of Maryland University College (Adelphi, MD), 2000.

The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East, Texas A &M University Press (College Station, TX), 2003.

Contributor to Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink. Contributor of more than 500 food and travel articles to periodicals in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including Anthropology of East Europe Review, World & I, and Chile Pepper.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

A travel guide to the Czech Republic; T-Bone Whacks and Caviar Snacks: Cooking with Two Texans in Siberia, a memoir.

SIDELIGHTS:

Sharon Hudgins is an educator, researcher, and editor as well as an award-winning food and travel writer. During the early 1990s Hudgins and her husband traveled to far eastern Russia and Siberia as part of the University of Maryland University College's international program. Her memoirs are collected in The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East. Instead of examining "only the pleasures and inconveniences of daily life, Hudgins mingles her insights with useful explanations about the history and development of these regions," noted Library Journal contributor Olga B. Wise.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Library Journal, March 15, 2003, Olga B. Wise, review of The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East, p. 105.

Russian Life, September-October, 2003, review of The Other Side of Russia, p. 61.

ONLINE

Achiever Web site,http://www.umuc.edu/alum/achiever/ (spring, 2000), "One Writer's Historic Odyssey for UMUC."

Soyuz: The Research Network for Postsocialist Studies Web site,http://www.abdn.ac.uk/soyuz/ (August 1, 2003).

Texas A&M University Press Consortium Web site,http://www.tamu.edu/upress/ (April 16, 2004).*

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