Ina Lipkowitz

Ina Lipkowitz


Ina Lipkowitz has been a Lecturer in MIT’s Literature Department for ten years and has very much enjoyed introducing MIT students to varieties of literary texts and especially to the Bible, both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Her research brings together her background in comparative literature and biblical studies with her interest in culinary history. She is currently completing a book on the stories behind the oldest English food names we have–which also happen to be the foods mentioned most often in the Bible. She is also involved in interfaith education and works with temples, churches, and mosques, introducing Jews, Christians, and Moslems to each other’s faiths.

Hebrew Bible; New Testament; Biblical interpretation and criticism; English novels; Romantic poetry; Culinary history

“Little Exquisite Can Be Expected of a People So Extremely Barbarous” (Making Sense of Food, Oxford University Press, 2013)

Words To Eat By: Five Foods and the Culinary History of the English Language (St. Martin’s Press, 2011)

Subjects taught the current academic year:


Subjects taught in recent years:

21L.000[J] Writing About Literature: The Art of the Short Story (Fall 2016)

21L.003 Reading Fiction: Counterpoint (Spring 2017)

21L.458 The Bible (Fall 2016)

21L.707 Problems in Cultural Interpretation: Reading Cookbooks (Spring 2016)

21L.707 Problems in Cultural Interpretation: Reading Cookbooks (Spring 2017)