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). In 2015 she co-edited a special issue on "Food in French History" for French Historical Studies. 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 "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, 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, 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.
Peters co-founded the Culinary Historians of Northern California in 2004 and was its director until 2020.