Wanted to share this short film about young crofters in Scotland figuring out ways to gain access to land, to practice small scale agriculture and local food production. Passionate, inspiring people.
When I started the project of this blog, I wanted to document what I was cooking and thinking, and often how the two related to each other. I was turned off and depressed by “lifestyle” blogs and food-porn posturing. I wanted to create a wide exploration of what it could mean to politicise a meal, to historicise and contextualise it, showing its antecedents and effects
I’m not sure how far I’ve come or where I’m going, but the vision remains strong that food on its own is not inherently interesting a subject to me, pleasurable as it may be to eat something delicious or gaze at beautiful food styling wishing oneself into the scene.
The video below interests me. I happened upon it because Sean Hawkey is a friend and had pointed something else out on the site. Sean is a photographer and filmmaker, often working for Development groups. I love how in the case of “The Breakfast Recipe,” he’s put the actual breakfast in a chain of events and a particular social milieu. It might feel feel easier to express this scenario in places where people grow their own food. But it seems really compelling to imagine the full weight of these stories for those of us buying our food in a globalised world. There will be stories inside of stories, with infinite digressions. All of which makes what we eat more compelling.
Something uplifting, amazing, inspiring to watch.
“We all love the waters. Water is precious.”
Ten Ways to Help the Standing Rock Sioux in their work to protect their waters.
It’s voting time again, until the end of August, for Saveur Blog Awards 2016. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Michael Twitty were to win, in the category of Food and Culture, for his website Afroculinaria which takes as its subject the history, pain and possibility of food, race, power and identity. If the world of food blogging is so often superficial and sybaritic, his writing is deep and important, and I always learn so much from his completely original ways of thinking.
The film above is also nominated in the Food Video category. You could vote in both categories every day until the 31st of August. Do it! And share share share. Let’s have someone great win this award.
Stephanie Sarley is a contemporary American artist who makes these brave Fruit Art Videos. I think they are challenging and fun to watch, as well as having the effect of making people laugh– should you want or need that pleasure.
Nessie Reid is a creative food activist working on issues of waste, access to land, and as the film above shows, on the political ecology of the dairy industry through a project called The Milking Parlour.
Recently she arrived in a public space in the city of Bristol with two cows. We can read about her mission, and the agricultural and environmental issues she raised, here.