I am an experienced public speaker for international tour groups, professional organizations, book clubs, and civic groups, as well as on television and radio. My specialties include a wide range of culinary, cultural, and historical topics, from the United States to Europe to Asia.

Please contact me if you'd like me to be a speaker for your tour group, organization, or media program.



National Geographic Expeditions

Trans-Siberian Railway Journeys across Russia and Mongolia on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express between Moscow and Russia's Pacific coast, with a side trip to Mongolia. Read more about this fascinating adventure of 6,000 miles across two continents... (download full text pdf).


National Geographic / Lindblad Expeditions

Danube River Cruises on the 5-star River Cloud ship through the heart of Central Europe (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic).

European Odyssey Expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer ship in the Baltic Sea, North Sea, and Atlantic Ocean (Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal).

Smithsonian Journeys

Railway journeys through Russia and Mongolia aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, from Siberia to European Russia, the Russian Arctic, and the Norwegian Arctic.


Viking Ocean Cruises

Baltic Cruises to ports in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Denmark, and Norway.

British Isles Cruises, including England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and the Orkney and Shetland Islands.

Additional Viking Cruises through the Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Arctic oceans, including ports in Spain, Portugal, North Africa, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, Alaska, Canada, and Japan.


Silversea Cruises 

Mediterranean Cruises aboard the Silverwind ship (Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Croatia).

Culinary Expedition Cruise aboard the Silver Explorer ship (Portugal, Spain, France, England).


Oceania Cruises

Baltic Cruises aboard the Marina ship to Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden.


Zegrahm Expeditions

Wild Alaska & Aleutian Islands aboard the Caledonian Sky ship from Seward, Alaska, to the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russian Far East.

Wild Siberia, aboard the Caledonian Sky ship from Petropavlovsk, Russia, down the Sea of Okhotsk to Otaru/Sapporo, Japan.


Orion Expeditions

Russian Far East Expedition aboard the Orion II ship, from Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula down the Kuril Island chain to northern Japan. 


Road Scholar 

Black Sea Voyage (Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria).

Mediterranean & Atlantic Voyage (Turkey, Greece, Malta, Italy, France, Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal, England).

Julia Child Voyages ("French Cooking from Cambridge to Paris"), via transatlantic crossings on the Queen Mary 2.


Austin College

Culinary Tour to Spain, with cooking classes in Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada, and visits to Spanish food producers, local food markets, and culinary museums.


University of Maryland University College 

Cultural Tours to Prague and Budapest, including visits to local markets, craft shops, and historic beer taverns.


Oxford Symposium on Food 

Presented papers on several topics ranging from Texas barbecue to Prague beer taverns to Russian festival cuisine, at ten meetings of the annual Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, at Oxford University in England.


on several radio programs, including National Public Radio stations WGBH-Boston and KCRW-Santa Monica; television appearances on cooking shows in the United States.


Speaker at international conferences in Washington DC, Seattle, Baltimore, Houston, Dallas, Oxford (England), Tours (France), and Ulan-Ude (Siberia).


Speaker for a variety of civic, professional, and academic organizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia, from universities and community colleges to libraries and book clubs.