Erica J. Peters, Ph.D., is the director of the Culinary Historians of Northern California and an independent food historian. She is the author of San Francisco: A Food Biography (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) and Appetites and Aspirations in Vietnam: Food and Drink in the Nineteenth Century (AltaMira, 2012). In 2015 she co-edited a special issue on "Food in French History" for French Historical Studies.
Peters designed and taught "Introduction to Food Studies" and "Local Food History" for the innovative master's degree program in Food Studies at the University of the Pacific's San Francisco campus. She has also taught at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, and the University of Maryland University College.
Peters received her bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University and her doctorate in history from the University of Chicago.
She has published articles on the history of food and drink in several edited collections and in the following journals: Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Food and History, French Colonial History, French Historical Studies, Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and Social History of Alcohol and Drugs.
Peters has presented at numerous conferences across the United States and abroad, as well as the Society of California Archivists; the SF Heritage Lecture Series; the California Historical Society; the Metropolitan Club of San Francisco; and other venues.