I came across a fantastic essay about food writing recently called Food Porn, by Molly O’Neill. I’ve been thinking about it a lot since I read it, and especially since Heidi Swanson’s piece on 12 years of blogging I’ve been thinking about it in the context of what sort of space I’d like this blog to be.
Because although I think that making things taste nice is supremely important, I can’t think about that taste in a vacuum. I’m fascinated by so many things about food: what dictates the choices we make and how they affect the people who supply our food; the effect of our food policies on the environment, and – closer to home – our waistlines; what our choices say about us; how our bodies respond to them; what to do about it.
It’s a big subject, food, and while I don’t ever want to preach or stand on my high horse and dictate what is right and what is wrong – there are enough people doing that already; eat these 5 surprising foods to burn belly fat, anyone? – I don’t want to sell either of us short, either, by skirting around the edges of such an interesting topic.
Of course, I’ll still be sharing recipes, because I still believe food is delicious. They’ll still be the same recipes I’d have told you about before now, because the way I eat is what I talk about here, and whatever I put on our plates has to muddle through all of that stuff above first.
And I won’t be sitting down to write an insightful, longform essay every week; I don’t have the time, nor probably the brainpower. But I will be less scared to share with you what I’ve been reading, or thinking about, and I hope that you’ll join in the conversation and make me think thoughts I hadn’t had before and read things I wouldn’t otherwise have read.
I’m looking forward to it.
In the meantime, here’s a salad from one of the food writers I admire the most. If you don’t have any of her books, I can’t recommend them enough, particularly A Change of Appetite (which this recipe is from) and Food From Plenty.
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