About Sophie Coe

Sophie D. Coe, in full Sophie Dobzhansky Coe (1933-1994) was an anthropologist, food historian and author, primarily known for her work on the history of chocolate. Her friendship with Alan Davidson and her association with the annual Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery led her husband Michael D. Coe, with the help of Davidson and Harlan Walker, to set up the Sophie Coe Prize after her death in 1995. It has been awarded annually ever since and continues to be the most prestigious established prize in the field, reflecting the quality of Coe’s own work.

SDC Heath Garden

Sophie Coe at Heath garden, 1970

This photograph was taken by her husband in the summer of 1970, “after we had bought our farm in Heath, Massachusetts. Sophie immediately planted a huge vegetable garden, and she’s proudly holding part of her first food harvest. She went on to win many prizes in the Heath Agricultural fare. Sophie had just turned 37.”

For more biographical information, please see the Wikipedia article.

Prize entrants may wish to be inspired by the work of Coe herself:

Sophie D. Coe, America’s First Cuisines, University of Texas Press, Austin, 1994 (ISBN 0 292 71155 7).
Sophie D. Coe & Michael D. Coe, The True History of Chocolate, Thames and Hudson, London, 1996 (ISBN 0-500-01693-3).

Essays and articles
Coe, Sophie D. and Michael D. Coe. 1957 Review of Diego de Landa: Soobshchenie o delakh v lsukatani, 1566, by Y. V. Knorosov. American Antiquity 23 (2): 207-208.
Coe, Sophie D. (trans.), Knorosov, Yuri V. 1958 ‘The Problem of the study of the Maya Hieroglyphic writing.” American Antiquity 23: 248-291.
Coe, Sophie. “On Kulich.” Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) 12 (1982): 19-
Coe, Sophie. “Soviet Cook Books.” Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) 16, March (1984): 13-27.
Coe, Sophie. “Aztec Cuisine Part I.” Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) 19, March (1985): 11-22.
Coe, Sophie. “Aztec Cuisine Part II.” Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) 20, July (1985): 44-59.
Coe, Sophie. “Aztec Cuisine Part III.” Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) 21, November (1985): 45-56.
Coe, Sophie. “Eating Guinea Pigs in Italy. (Notes and Queries)” Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) 28, April (1988): 63.
Coe, Sophie. “Inca Food: Animal and Mineral.” Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) 29, July (1988): 7-17.
Coe, Sophie. “Inca Food: Vegetable.” Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) 31, March (1989): 29-38.
Coe, Sophie. “Peru: The Inca and the Spaniards.” Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) 37, May (1991): 27-39.