Humanity topics include pieces on the real lives of chefs, professionals, amateurs, inspiring youth, influencers, and general feel good human stories in the Feast food sphere.
Pack Your Lunch!
It wasn't too long ago that I downloaded an app on my smartphone called "Spending Tracker" in a desperate pursuit to gain control of my frittering money. I first started using the app by placing my chequing account on record with the current balance entered in as the category of my salary income. Following this, I then began tracking each and every expense I had and placing the transactions of my card under different categories; phone bill, savings investment, bus fare, clothing, entertainment, and most expensively, food. After a week or so went by, the focus of my investments had been narrowed down and eating out began to become a shameful habit.
Platter of the Apes
I am stirring soup as rain beats against the shutters of my restaurant. It is closed, it is two miles up in the Andes, and it is where I spend every afternoon with my cook, Miriam.
5 Supermarket Secrets You Probably Didn't Know About
Supermarkets: they’re everywhere, and unless you’re some sort of robot that doesn’t need to eat, you can’t really avoid shopping there. The reality is that human beings need food and — let’s be real — most of us aren’t growing our own wheat or milking our own cows, so the supermarket remains the preeminent point of interaction between us, the consumer, and the vast, faceless food industry. While the source of our foods seems increasingly distant nowadays, the dominance of supermarkets in delivering food products to customers has not always been the case.
Dear People: Learn How to Cook, Dang It!
I see it all around me: young adults drooling over Pinterest, saving magnificent recipes to their boards in the hopes of one day making the #goals meal that they will post all over social media (mainly Instagram, because, let's be real, the foodie community on Instagram is HUGE.) They turn to their friend and say, "Make this for me and I'll love you forever!" They'll share these countless recipes with their mother, who will likely make for them because that's their baby right there and they'd do anything for their baby.
In a Relationship With: Food
I originally wanted to be a defense lawyer. I poured over theories written by old, dead, white dudes pre-women getting the vote, tried to redirect them into my own liberal middle class views, studied African history enough to get into lengthy debates on the slave trade reparation, and went home with my heart full of joy at the notion of reading tort law. It was very weird and I still get strange looks from anyone not in law or familiar with social justice about how much I love the law.
Gender, Age, and Rationing
The traditional family structure in its idealized form has the father working and earning money to support his wife and children, the wife running the home, and the children going to school and playing, blissfully innocent and carefree. In the best case scenario, the father is able to provide for his family and they benefit from his labor, but the best case scenario very rarely reflects reality. In times of war, the traditional workers and breadwinners are sent off to fight and the civilians at home must step out of their usual roles. Women take on jobs outside the home to help the war effort and to support themselves and their children. A child’s innocence is threatened by the harsh and brutal realities of war. Both have to do without the pleasures they had previously enjoyed and often suffer from outright deprivation. The experiences of civilians during the First and Second World Wars, especially in rationing and the efforts to keep them fed, illustrate how war reverses society’s roles: In peacetime, men work to support women and children while in wartime, women and children must fend for themselves.
Non-Vegan Guilt: Why Is It a Thing?
It is easy to say you love animals, but how often do you show it? They're Animal Lovers Yes, puppies are cute, but are you going to jump at the chance to protest Puppy Mills? The cow pictured above is basically a big, grass-loving puppy, but most people are still going to enjoy a juicy steak this weekend.
How Coffee Can Impact Your Mood
It’s a fact that holding a cup of hot coffee will warm your hands on a cold day—but could it also warm our hearts? New studies show that experiencing physical warmth may actually promote interpersonal warmth.
What Is Umami?
The other day, I got my friend to try a Vegemite sandwich. Though I'm American, I absolutely love Vegemite. I love the umami taste it offers, and I tried to explain why it's so tasty to people who aren't from New Zealand and Australia before. It's not easy. The conversation usually goes like this:
It was easy to tell when it was time to start preparing for the annual Apple Butter making ritual. The leaves would start to show a hint of color as the nights got cooler. Soon the first hard freeze would bring out Autumn in all its colorful beauty. Labor Day weekend was a distant memory as the calendar stated it was time to prepare for Halloween. The second week of October was usually unseasonably warm during the day with cold nights which was perfect weather to put the finishing touches on the apple orchards and their bounty.
What Have Vegetarians Actually Done to Help?
Becoming a vegetarian or vegan was never an option for me, I may have thought about it once or twice in life but I love experiencing food. Textures, flavors, temperatures and even the sound of different ingredients put together make me love life even in the darkest moments.
Red Seed, Black Liquid, Flat White
There's an edge and bitterness to coffee that makes it addictive. Part of a fantastically Continental childhood is being brought up with this drink: a canard in a filter coffee, black, usually after an impressive meal and equally suitable patisserie gem - I was four.