According to a recent study, 27 million Americans "have recently taken a food tour, enrolled in a cooking class, toured a winery or otherwise participated in culinary activities as part of a vacation" in the last three years. That's still only one out of every six leisure travellers, but the numbers are growing. "The interest in culinary tourism has accompanied a rise in emphasis on food throughout American culture, said Barry Glassner, a sociology professor at the University of Southern California and author of the book "Gospel of Food," published last month. "We define ourselves by how we eat. We show others and we show ourselves what kind of people we are by how adventurous we are about food," he said."
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