Recipes and essays exploring Southern identity through food and travel

Recipes and essays exploring Southern identity through food and travel

Month: July 2017

Gatekeepers of Taste, Making the Baking Blog World More Inclusive

I’ve talked about my hatred of diet culture and fad diets before, and that hatred has certainly not dissipated since continuing on with this baking blog.¬†As Virgie Tovar (an inspiration and a smart, kickass woman, check her out) points out in the “Lose Hate, Not Weight” episode of The Racist Sandwich¬†(didn’t think I’d get back there, did you?), fewer people are identifying as dieters, but more and more people are restricting their diets through “holistic eating” or “whole eating.”

Food Trends

The problem too with labeling a nation or country as “trending cuisine” in the United States is that much of our mainstream food culture is dominated by white people. Many kitchens adopting these “trending” cuisines are run by white chefs. Look at any list of top food bloggers and you’ll find the majority of writers are white, like this list from Greatist or this one from Muse. That means that oftentimes the people creating recipes, or menus, or food photography with these “trending” foods are white people who aren’t a member of the culture whose food they are preparing.