A/Prof Adele Wessell BA(Hons)(UNSW), PhD(UNSW) 

Adele Wessell is an Associate Professor in History in the School of Arts and Social
Sciences at Southern Cross University, Australia. Through an interest in environmental
history Adele turned to the study of food, it's production and preparation. She has
published on food as communication, nonhuman animals and tastescapes as an expression of
the impact of eating on land use. For two years Adele worked in the Teaching and Learning
Centre at Southern Cross University. This connection reflects a scholarly interest and
number of publications on teaching, in particular on community engagement and community
engaged learning. 

Journal article


Cookbook: A New Scholarly View (with Donna Lee Brien), M/C Journal: A journal of media and culture (2013)


Women’s work in the transition to modernity: the worker cook book and our cookery book, Text: journal of writing and writing courses (2013)

Flora Pell’s Our cookery book and Mary Gilmore’s Worker cook book were published at a...



Having our cake and eating it too: a reading of royal wedding cakes, Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (2012)

There is no more basic commodity than food, but the expanding scholarly attention it has...



Inside Australian Culture: Legacies of Enlightenment Values (with Baden Offord, Erika Kerruish, Rob Garbutt, and Kirsten Pavlovic) (2014)

Given Australia’s status as an (unfinished) colonial project of the British Empire, the basic institutions...


Caldera : narrative excursions (with Heather Wearne), School of Arts and Social Sciences (2003)

Book Chapter

Faith-based homespace: Decoding good taste in a monastery (with Andrew Jones), Food as communication: Communication as food (2011)

Between alimentary products and the art of cooking: the industrialisation of eating at the world fairs - 1888-1893, Consuming culture in the long nineteenth century : narratives of consumption, 1700-1900 (2007)


There's no taste like home: the food of empire, Exploring the British world: identity, cultural production, institutions [online] (2004)

Joseph Banks described the homesickness of sailors' aboard the Endeavour by saying that they suffered...


Timescapes: flooding and memory, Flood essays across the current (2004)

Floods are agents of both physical and psychological change. Their power to affect cultures and...


Writing home (sickness): a time and place for nostalgia, Caldera : narrative excursions (2004)

Popular Press


Review of local and traditional plant use by Australian migrant communities (with Anna Du Chesne, Sue Evans, Hans Wohlmuth, and Michael Heinrich), 13th International Congress of the Society for Ethnopharmacology (2012)

Conference presentations


From 'training in citizenship and home-making' to 'plating up': writing Australian cookbooks for younger readers (with Donna Lee Brien), Ethical imaginations: Writing worlds: Ethical concerns and their implications in literature and writing: 16th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (2011)

In term of popular literature about young people, cookbooks purporting to address children’s obesity and...


The pleasure of slow learning: cultivating communities in food education, Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AICEA) Refereed Conference Proceedings (2007)