Erica J. Peters, Ph.D., is the author of San Francisco: A Food Biography (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) and Appetites and Aspirations in Vietnam: Food and Drink in the Long Nineteenth Century (AltaMira, 2012). She received her bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University and her doctorate in history from the University of Chicago.
Peters designed and taught a course on 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, Portland State University, and the University of Maryland University College. She has published numerous articles on the history of food and drink and has presented at conferences across the United States and abroad.
Peters lives in Mountain View, California, with her husband and two children; she is the director of the Culinary Historians of Northern California and an independent food historian. She recently co-edited a collection of articles about food in French history, which appeared as a special issue of French Historical Studies (April 2015).