food

A Short Resource Guide to Food, Race, and Cultural Appropriation

These podcasts, books, and talks are great starting places for thinking about race and food. Read more »

Cut & Paste: Zines About Food

Food isn’t simple. These five zines tell stories that connect food, family, and identity.  Read more »

I Talked With One of America’s Only Female Sushi Chefs

There’s a strong taboo against women becoming sushi chefs. But that didn’t stop Mikiko Ando.  Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Snacks

We talk with Top Chef star Karen Akunowicz about how she handles being an executive chef at a super busy restaurant. Then, writer and chef Soleil Ho shares an essay on race, food, and identity and talks about the politics of... Read more »

Backtalk: Donald Trump & Feminism in the Food Industry

This week, the big news is that Republicans are turning on Donald Trump, putting together a viral ad about some of the most sexist things he’s said. We also discuss race and gender at the James Beard Awards and how the restaurant industry is a hotbed of sexual harassment.   Read more »

The Restaurant Industry Is Very Diverse—But It’s White Chefs Who Win Most of the Awards

Since 1990, the James Beard Foundation has put on an annual awards show that, in more ways than one, stands as the food and drink industry’s version of the Academy Awards. In the years since I entered the restaurant world, I’ve repeatedly had the same conversation with coworkers and... Read more »

“Top Chef” Star Karen Akunowicz Talks about Gender Dynamics in the Kitchen

Karen Akunowicz brings queer femme representation into the world of mainstream reality TV.  Read more »

Craving the Other: One Woman’s Beef with Cultural Appropriation and Cuisine

From our 20th anniversary issue: If a dish hasn’t been eaten or reimagined by a white person, does it really exist? Read more »

Why Are Almost All the World’s Top Baristas Men?

Of the 50 baristas representing the best of their country’s coffee industry at the 2015 World Barista Championship, only 12 were women. Read more »

Say Hello to the Queer Farmers of America

“Queers on the farm not only challenge the stereotype of who is a farmer, and what does a farmer look like,” muses Sandor Katz, a fermentation expert as he sits cross-legged and picks at the grass in a lush green Tennessee field.  Read more »

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