Food Storiesby Penelope Starr on Aug. 11, 2009, under Arts
There’s lots of buzz about the new movie Julie and Julia . Since food is only partly about nutrition or fuel, I was thinking about how many stories there are about food. It’s a subject that is fraught with meaning, memories may be evoked, significant moments celebrated, resentments can be created, food fights might reign.
M.F.K. Fisher wrote “family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters.” But Virginia Woolf wrote “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
I Goggled food stories to see what’s out there and came up with:
First stop was Karyn Zoldan’s blog To Market to Food Market, to see what was happening on the local scene. I discovered that there are 4834 food blogs listed at the Foodie Blogroll website. And I learned that Helen Graves at Food Stories appears to be a competitive blogger.
I had some food fun at Food Stories: Where do Crisps Come From. A pleasant woman’s voice tells you the aim of the game is to place the pictures in the right order to tell the story of crisps (potato chips) from beginning to end. When you do it correctly she’ll praise you with a “well done”. Very comforting.
At Good. Food. Stories I read stories about eating, drinking, and most of all enjoying oneself immensely (and sometimes gluttonously) through food. I found out the stories behind 10 famous food logos at Neatorama.
I checked out the politics of food websites such as Cooking Up a Story. Their goal is “to bring shared interest and enthusiasm for film stories and food together.” They feature personal stories about people, food, and sustainable living “through documentary short stories, interviews, and cooking demonstrations providing information and inspiration about family farmers, agriculture and sustainability, food history, food culture, food science, and much, much more.”
I was warned to avoid tropical fruits unless I live in the tropic at Eat Low Carbon Diet. Eating a single banana means about 8 pounds of carbon emissions for a four ounce serving or .30% of my year’s allowance.
It’s become very popular to write and tell food stories from many points of view. I had a storytelling event a few years ago called Eat Your Vegetables: The Food Show and I found out that lots of people love to tell and hear stories related to food. Maybe it’s time to serve up a second course.