food

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 »

Incendiary New Food Industry Documentary "Fed Up" Misses the Mark

A portion of the poster for new documentary Fed Up and an factoid from the film. The line between legitimate health advocacy and body shaming is a precarious one. So what does it look like when yet another food documentary sets out to “... Read more »

The Cost of Kale: How Foodie Trends Can Hurt Low-Income Families

Last month, I sounded off about the new Whole Foods campaign rebranding collard greens as the next big superfood. Their efforts have resulted in public backlash over cultural appropriation and... Read more »

Just Eat It: A Comic About Food and Cultural Appropriation

This comic is about the cultural appropriation of food—the tendency of people to easily co-opt “ethnic” cuisine as their own, while simultaneously obsessing over the “authenticity” of food. Read more »

#FoodGentrification and Culinary Rebranding of Traditional Foods

Since the beginning of January, Whole Foods has been screaming it from their Facebook pages, corporate blog, news affiliates, and tastefully designed signage: “Collards are the new kale!” While at first glance this just seems like a flash-in-the-pan and downright lazy line of ad copy, its casual,... Read more »

Eating Out: Real Talk with “Meaty’s” Samantha Irby

“Food is soothing, and my drugs of choice are the foods that feel the best.” Read more »

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