Polly Adema featured in Gilroy Dispatch

In Garlic Capital of the World: Gilroy, Garlic, and the Making of a Festive Foodscape Polly Adema explores the ways that Gilroy, Calif., has grown into a community known primarily for garlic and its annual garlic festival.

Chris Bone of the Gilroy Dispatch interviewed Adema about her one-of-kind book. Adema speaks about what drew to her Gilroy,

"I was just really captured by the community of Gilroy, the volunteerism, the huge success of the festival and the impact the festival has had not only in the local community but also in the festival industry, which seems to look at Gilroy as the model of success."

She continues,

"The city has created this fun, entertaining, marketable identity around this single food item, which is not even indigenous to the area, and the more I attend, the more I interact."

Garlic Capital of the World
is now available from UPM. Pauline Adema is staff folklorist for the Dutchess County Arts Council in Poughkeepsie, New York. She teaches at the Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, New York) and is a culinary anthropologist-consultant.