Have it Your Way

Allrecipes is an amazing resource for many things. There are the recipes, of course, but it is also a fantastic portrait of what people are eating and how they are thinking about the joys and challenges of daily cooking. The author of a recent article in Slate declares it “perhaps the most accurate, democratic snapshot of… Continue reading Have it Your Way

Last of the lists?

Discovering that shopping lists are as old as the Bible jogged my memory about a collection of found shopping lists, posted online. I can imagine the grocery lists collection as a great place to find ideas for poetry or fiction. Maybe even some ideas for dinner. For a historian, though, the collection is tantalizing because it isn’t searchable… Continue reading Last of the lists?

Picture This

A recent article about using instagram to study nutrition in areas designated “food deserts,” published in the Atlantic raised many interesting issues and opportunities for food scholars. For me, the most interesting element of this study is not the nutritional quality of the food depicted, but the strong argument that these images make against the very concept of the… Continue reading Picture This