The saying goes that people either eat to live or live to eat. What I love about the authors in this week's round-up is that they live to eat...and live even more for the story behind what we eat. If you listen to the podcast version of The Splendid Table article here (and you should!), Francis Lam's musing on fry bread are spectacular and moving. Ruby Tandoh beautifully reflects on how a good memoir can satisfy the mind just as comfort food satisfies the belly. Chef Amanda Cohen's powerful call for parity between female and male chefs (and list of 62 female chefs reporters could feature ASAP) packs a punch.
Exploring indigenous kitchens of North America with The Sioux Chef, The Splendid Table
"Chef Sean Sherman - who also goes by the name The Sioux Chef - has made a name for himself in the Upper Midwest by sourcing and cooking with ingredients originally used by Native American groups across the region. The result is an eye-opening and healthy take on modern cuisine."
Ruby Tandoh: the meaning of a food memoir, The Guardian
"Food pierces to the heart of identity, forging the stuff that makes the bodies and bones of us. Women’s stories of displacement, family, culture and difference are ways of yanking power away from postcolonial stories about “us” and an alien “them”.
I've Worked in Food for 20 Years. Now You Finally Care About Female Chefs?, Esquire
From Chef Amanda Cohen: "For the past two weeks, my Twitter feed and email inbox have been filled to overflowing with food journalists begging me to Come Forward With My Story, demanding that I Make a Statement, encouraging me to Speak Out. Apparently, the rules have changed. Women may not have value as chefs, but as victims we’re finally interesting!"
A new cookbook is donating proceeds to Planned Parenthood, another to the ACLU, LA Times
"When it comes to addressing social injustice, food is both the message and the medium. From ingredient sourcing and labor practices to school lunch policies and professional kitchen culture, the many working parts of our food system offer entree into understanding a scope of issues affecting vulnerable communities. The food space is also where we find powerful tools for effecting change. A new wave of women working in the food world see the humble cookbook as one such tool."