Meredith Sayles Hughes and Tom Hughes are the founders of The Potato Museum, and The Food Museum on Line at www.foodmuseum.com. The Potato Museum researches, collects, preserves, exhibits and explains the history and social significance of the world's most important vegetable, and brings artifacts and programs to audiences of all ages.
The Hugheses have been exploring food history since the mid-1970’s, when Tom first conceived The Potato Museum in Brussels, Belgium. Meredith and Tom have worked on two major exhibitions about food, Seeds of Change, for the Smithsonian, and The Amazing Potato for the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa, Ontario. Their most recent major exhibition, Spuds Unearthed!, ran at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC in 2010.
Their latest book, Gastronomie! Food Museums and Heritage Sites of France, is a guide to the food–related museums/sites/and shrines of France, the mother country of the food-preoccupied. It’s published by Bunker Hill.