Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Donna Owens


This project focuses on the topic of food and works to answer the questions: Can we learn and teach others about ourselves through the kitchen? Is there room for food as a form of art, and can it be used in an expressive way? This community engagement project focuses on people who would like to share their family recipes, memories, or information about their family’s history and background. This project builds from previous literature and methods that have examined how food plays a role in the following topics: storytelling, memories, expression, and art. This project contributes to previous literature by offering an understanding of the role of food as a form of art and method for expressive therapy. Through the research and gathering participants to discuss food and their own stories around it, this thesis adds more ideas and results to this conversation. The end result of this project was creating a cookbook where each person shared recipes and artwork expressing their thoughts and feelings around the topics of food, family, and memories. The results confirm that we can learn more about others and their stories through food, and results contribute to an understanding of how food can be represented in an expressive way.

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