I think it would be really cool if I could write for my own personal food blog. Food is pretty central to my life because it is, after all, one of the many things that could always make my day better. It is pretty amazing that people get PAID to eat delicious new food, take pictures of it, and critique it. I am really apt to try new things, so I would love to find the little places in the world that sell the most obscure food. In general, food blogging is a new feature to my generation that I would love to become a part of.
My repurposing project is finally coming along. I have taught myself to navigate through Microsoft Word’s project gallery, and am making my three-pronged spread on salsa (the food) look like a true magazine article. I added images from Flickr, which I never knew existed before this class. I’m finding relevant and high-quality pictures on the site, which is making my project really come to life. I am slowly figuring out that magazine writing is my passion, which is why I am really enjoying doing this project. This experience reminds me of my experience as a writer for Spoon University, an on-campus magazine I just started writing for this year. I write for the “food-for-thought” section, and the style, I am finding, is very similar (as is the topic of food, of course). I think I’m going to be proud of my repurposing project when I finally finish. They say third time’s a charm… and my third draft is the one that I feel most proud of thus far.
This re-purposing project is taking a lot more my time and mental energy than I thought it would, not that that’s a bad thing. I’m working on converting my ethnographic essay from ANTHRCUL101 on the role of gender in our food volume/choices into a series of articles on food psychology. I’m definitely doing a lot more research for this project than I did for my anthro paper (which was mostly just making and analyzing observations) and I’m learning a lot of interesting things about the social and environmental factors that implicitly influence how much we eat (focusing on what makes us overeat). I’ve decided to divide the topic of food psychology into 3 articles: the first on the size of dinnerware/silverware; the second on atmosphere (lighting, music, odor, company, etc.); and the last on tips to avoid overeating.
I really like how the body of the articles are turning out so far. The pieces aren’t too formal (which is a nice change because the anthro paper was), but they’re informative (I hope). However, I’m having a lot of trouble with the conclusions. I’m not quite sure how to end each piece because I don’t want to sound like I’m telling everyone that they’re overeating and need to stop or that they need to change all their habits and choices in order to eat appropriate amounts. To be honest, this has been an overwhelming week so I may not have devoted as much time to this project as I could have, but hopefully sitting down and thinking about this over fall break will push me in the right direction and give me some good ideas.
I’m also having trouble getting these drafts done because I can’t stop thinking about eating while I write (obviously), so all I want to do is go home and feast, which is ironic because I’m writing about how to not overeat… Perhaps I should include the effects of just thinking about food on hunger and consumption volume.
If you are a food blog, well you have already won over my heart, my mind, and absolutely my stomach. I was having a conversation with someone the other day about how much I enjoyed watching the cooking channel (I can’t fall asleep without it on, if I’m to be honest) and he stared back at me with a blank expression, as if food could actually mean nothing to some people. Hopefully, those that are reading this blog do not share his ambivalence towards the art of meal creation because this one is all about food.
Besides the daily pinterest recipe browse and the obvious 3x per day, food enters my life through the casual perusal of picture-filled food blogs. Possibly the allure comes from my knowledge of food, so I know that the pictures I see would taste good based on the fact that I know these individual flavors mesh together. Maybe I just like the pretty pictures and have a literal insatiable hunger, either way these forums drive me wild.
Smitten Kitchen is a particularly famous blog that is well-known for their pictures and recipes. It’s one of those sites where you can either come because you just like looking at pretty things, or you can come to mooch off their creativity to satisfy your noms. Either way, it’s definitely worth a few glances.
Another blog that satisfies my passion for food and also my obsession with Detroit is Detroit Foodie. I only discovered this one recently after living in Detroit and scoping out the food scene, but even if you don’t make the monthly pilgrimage to midtown like I do, you should still check this one out. They write about restaurants in and around Detroit, and it definitely has a young vibe which is where the city seems to be heading.
Lastly, if you’re looking for a chuckle, chortle, or snort you should check out Hannah Hart’s vlog. My Drunk Kitchen is her fun weekly web series, but she is actually passionate about the craft (especially the alcohol). It takes a very casual and haphazard approach to cooking, which may make it more approachable to those not familiar with the nitty-gritty of the gastronomic scene.