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Sharon Hudgins, Author, Food Expert

Sharon Hudgins is an award-winning author and food/travel writer who has also worked as a university professor, lecturer on international tours, book and magazine editor, newspaper and magazine food columnist, freelance journalist, filmmaker, and photographer.

She lived abroad for 20 years—in Germany, Spain, Greece, France, England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, and Russia—and has traveled in 50 countries around the world.  Her previous residences have ranged from Munich, Athens, Paris, London, Madrid, and Tokyo, to a shepherd's cottage in the Scottish Highlands, a German winery on the Mosel River, a mountain village in southern Spain, and a high-rise apartment building in Siberia.

Sharon is the author of four books, including Spain: The Cuisine, the Land, the People, which won a literary award from the German Academy of Gastronomy in 1992.  Her travel memoir, The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East, received a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year award for travel writing and a Cordon d'Or International Award.  Her writings have also been included in several books published in the United States and Britain.  She is a contributor to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, Storied Dishes, and Culinary Biographies, and her field research has been cited in The Oxford Companion to Food.

A former editor of Chile Pepper magazine, Sharon is currently the food editor of European Traveler website and the food columnist for German Life magazine (USA). More than 700 of her food and travel articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, and on websites, including Saveur, Gastronomica, and National Geographic Traveler.

She has presented eight papers at the Oxford Symposium on Food, at Oxford University in England, where her paper on the foodways of Siberian Buriat-Mongolians was awarded an international prize in 1996.  She has also been a speaker at major academic and professional conferences in the United States and has appeared several times on National Public Radio and cable television as an expert on European and Russian foods.

Sharon Hudgins is scheduled to sail on the following voyage(s) (subject to change):

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