Welcome to the website of Richard Foss.  I’m a journalist, author, culinary historian, and lecturer based in Manhattan Beach, California. I have written for newspapers and magazines around California for almost thirty years and have written two books, “Rum: A Global History” and the recently released “Food In The Air and Space: The Surprising History of Food and Drink in the Skies.”

This website is an archive of my writing and list of upcoming lectures and other events. It also has links to reviews of my books and the websites I maintain about rum history and the history of dining aloft, from the zeppelin and hydrogen balloon era to the space station. I have also included some of my science fiction and fantasy stories, which have sold to magazines like Analog and various short fiction anthologies.

If you live in Southern California and are interested in food history, you might want to investigate the Culinary Historians of Southern California – I’ve been on the board for about a decade, and have learned fascinating things RFShootingFoodat our lectures and dinners. If you are interested in the heritage of beverages, try the Museum of the American Cocktail – I’m the California Curator, and am involved in running programs, building a West Coast collection, and documenting the ways that immigrant cultures have shaped California cuisine.

Please look around, read some of my writings, and consider attending one of my events. If you have any questions or are interested in booking a talk or signing, you can contact me at this link.