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Melanie Haupt

Melanie Haupt earned her PhD in English at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to her academic work, she is a blogger and freelance writer focusing on food criticism, up-and-coming dining culture, and historic Austin foodways. She is particularly interested in the intersections of feminism and the food industry.

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Staying Healthy to Stay in School

National nonprofit Communities in Schools looks at the role of food in education

Food Feature, Sep. 21, 2017

Dripping Springs Keeps Growing, But Can the Dining Scene Keep Up?

Austin real estate pushes restaurateurs beyond city limits

Food Feature, Jun. 8, 2017

Does Food Really Help Us Through Trying Times?

Soothing negative emotions with fat, carbohydrates, and sugar

Food Feature, May. 4, 2017

The Difficulties of Dining With Kids

Is the restaurant industry making a bad situation worse?

Food Feature, Mar. 2, 2017

How Austin Restaurants Are Leading the Trump Era Resistance

Economically culture-jamming the new administration

Food Feature, Feb. 9, 2017

The Wangs vs. the World

Chang's alternately humorous and poignant novel explores what it means to be American when the notion of America wears away

Arts Feature, Nov. 3, 2016

Finding Community With Bread Church

Local parish comes together around baking

Food Feature, Jul. 21, 2016

What the Hell Is Mighty Swell?

Introducing the post-millennial wine cooler

Food Feature, Jul. 14, 2016

Selling Feminism One Box at a Time

Girl Scout cookies are arguably the most misunderstood foodstuff in American culture

Food Feature, Jan. 21, 2016

Top 10 Sandwiches*

Food Feature, Dec. 31, 2015

A House of My Own: Stories From My Life

In this collection of essays, letters, lectures, and more, Sandra Cisneros opens wide the doors to the house of her life

Arts Feature, Oct. 15, 2015

All the Houses

Austin novelist Karen Olsson mines the world of Washington, D.C., in the Eighties to explores memory, loss, and desire

Arts Feature, Oct. 15, 2015


The restaurants of the JW Marriott

Food Feature, Oct. 8, 2015

Burger Bar

Food Feature, Oct. 8, 2015

Knowing One's Station

What does it mean to be the hostess with the mostest?

Food Feature, Jun. 18, 2015

Texas Honey Ham

Still going strong after arson-robbery

Food Feature, Jun. 11, 2015

Nick Offerman's Gumption

The Parks & Rec actor profiles 21 of his personal heroes who have worked to make the world a better place

Arts Feature, Jun. 11, 2015

Nick Offerman at BookPeople

The Parks and Rec star read from his new book Gumption and explained his missing mustache

Arts Feature, Jun. 11, 2015

Austin Food and Wine Festival Bites: Part Two

Innovative vegetables and vertical integration

Food Daily, Apr. 28, 2015 3:45 PM

The Fembot Gambit

Oscar Isaac reflects on Ex Machina

Screens Feature, Apr. 16, 2015

Good Sports

Austin food should go to bat

Food Feature, Apr. 9, 2015

SXSW Film Review: Deep Time

Doc looks at the toll an oil boom took on one North Dakota town

SXSW Daily, Mar. 19, 2015 3:34 PM

SXSW Film Review: Stone Barn Castle

Renovation porn starring actor Adrien Brody

SXSW Daily, Mar. 18, 2015 9:21 PM

SXSW Film: Breakfast Club Still Fresh After 30 Years

Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy celebrate restored print

SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 12:04 PM

SXSW: Food Criticism in the Digital Age

How blogging and social media are killing and saving critics

SXSW Daily, Mar. 17, 2015 11:00 AM

Do Cyborgs Dream of Uninterrupted Sleep?

Wearables, fashion, and the reality of the feminist cyborg

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2015

The Folk Hero We Deserve

Seeing double of Jason Schwartzman

Screens Feature, Mar. 12, 2015

Part-Time Love

The film 5 to 7 finds love in brief pockets of time

Screens Feature, Feb. 12, 2015


Blurring the lines of Thai cuisine

Food Feature, Feb. 5, 2015

All About That Banchan

Singing the praises of Austin's unsung Korean cuisine

Food Feature, Jan. 29, 2015

The Year in Food

The 2014 tastes we just couldn't stop thinking about

Food Feature, Dec. 31, 2014

Season's Eatings

Our guide to finally shutting up your in-laws

Food Feature, Dec. 4, 2014

Bless Their Heart

Olamaie's Southern is everything but down-home

Food Feature, Dec. 4, 2014

Well-Behaved? Let's Assume Not.

This meticulous biography paints a stunning portrait of the late-blooming English author

Arts Feature, Nov. 26, 2014

Fair Use?

Players and the UT expansion machine

Food Feature, Nov. 13, 2014

School for Scandal

In Scandals of Classic Hollywood, UT grad Anne Helen Petersen analyzes the machinery of celebrity gossip

Screens Feature, Oct. 23, 2014

Can Thug Kitchen Stand the Heat?

Controversial bloggers visit Austin tomorrow

Food Daily, Oct. 15, 2014 3:30 PM

ACL Live Shot: Lorde

17-year-old New Zealander waxes cool blue and icy

Music Daily, Oct. 13, 2014 11:46 AM

ACL Live Shot: Belle & Sebastian

Glaswegian vets arc across their catalog in 62 minutes

Music Daily, Oct. 11, 2014 12:16 PM

ACL Music Fest 2014 Friday Reviews – Second Weekend

ACL Friday live shots

Music Feature, Oct. 9, 2014

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