Every day, I wake up to a 5:30 a.m. POLITICO morning agriculture news alert, and wind down for the night scrolling through an evening news monitoring report from my colleagues. In between, I'm skimming Twitter, tuning into a food podcast on my walk to work, being heads down in the latest hunger stats - all this is to say, I am drinking from a fire hose when it comes to food news. I need a place to share all the most insightful and thought-provoking articles that come my way, so what better place than Planting My Roots?
At the close of each week, I'll share an installation in a new series - All The New That's Fit to Eat - where I'll link to the best of the best in food media (at least, to me). Tweet me (@liz_stoltz) the ones the stories that speak to you most, and I'll happily share.
From Hurricanes to Protest Movements, Food is a Way In, The New York Times
Kim Severson eloquently reflects on her experience reporting on-the-ground during major events and emphasizes that "every news story has a food angle." In light of the chaos of the world today, sometimes there can be nothing better than a nourishing meal. This made for a powerful, beautiful quick read!
Women Aren’t Ruining Food, Taste
"Why do we get so collectively annoyed by food and drink trends that we associate with women? Because it’s an ugly double standard...In general, the language that’s used against women-centric food trends is coded and gendered."
This Is What You Eat When Everyone Is Struggling For Food, BuzzFeed
"There's poverty. Then there's life in Niger, where insurgencies inside and outside its borders are forcing people to forage for food to make up for what international aid can't cover."
Hot Joy's Food Is Almost as Bad as Its Cultural Cluelessness, The Dallas Observer
Heed this advice to avoid the ugly cultural cluster that the owners of the now-closed Hot Joy restaurant found themselves embroiled in: "A useful rule is if you are playing in the domain of moderate to upscale food, then regionalize it...Visit that region at least three times. Immerse yourself. Be curious and humble. Talk to people from there. Cook with people from there. Mostly women. Perhaps take a partner who knows this stuff. Learn the language if you can. Learn the rules in terms of combinations, contrasts, techniques (as you did with French and Italian and Japanese cuisines). Then break the rules. Make interesting food.”
Food Access Advocates Walk The Long Walk ... To The Nearest Grocery Store, NPR
In my own hometown of DC, a 2016 study reported that most (70%) of our supermarkets were packed into our wealthiest neighborhoods. 150,000 residents in poorer areas of the District are served by just three stores. This staggering fact was brought to life during DC Greens' recent Grocery Walk, in which participants walked two miles - the distance far too many in DC have to walk each week for groceries. "I think one of the most powerful impacts of an action like the Grocery Walk is that it silences the myth that poor people don't want healthy food," said Lauren Shweder Biel, executive director of DC Greens.