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Edible authenticity puts class politics on the plate

April 21, 2010 /
Authentic cuisine: Jewish Artichoke alla giudia in Rome

Just who does “authentic” cuisine serve? Anya von Bremzen, writing in the April issue of Saveur, isn’t so sure. I don’t normally buy food magazines for the articles on Italian food, but the April Saveur has a piece on Roman food, “Eternal Pleasures“, by von Bremzen, who also wrote one of my favourite cookbooks, Please…

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Crimes against language: A guide to gendered food terms

April 9, 2010 / Comments Off on Crimes against language: A guide to gendered food terms
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Butch Bakery website screengrab for gendered food terms

We may have replaced stewardesses with flight attendants and firemen with firefighters, but that’s ok because food is getting its man on these days. It’s the “manification” of food? Not to be confused with that “mancession” we’re slogging through. So cute, you just want to pat him on the head. This slow creep of gender-specific,…

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The kitchen-bot revolution 2—And a robo-chef in every kitchen

March 24, 2010 / Comments Off on The kitchen-bot revolution 2—And a robo-chef in every kitchen
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Cover for The I Hate to Cook Book by Peggy Bracken

(This is the second of two posts on “Mombot.” In my first post, I talked about the gender dynamics of kitchen-bots and found that there was surprisingly little to say about it, compared to other models of service robots that have been developed.) The New York Times headline that first grabbed my attention—“Just Like Mombot…

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The kitchen-bot revolution 1—this ain’t your mama’s kitchen

March 18, 2010 / Comments Off on The kitchen-bot revolution 1—this ain’t your mama’s kitchen
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The Jetsons with their robot housemaid

(This is the first of two posts on “Mombot.” It may not be quite the gender apocalypse that is the catwalk fembot, but the possibility of a kitchen robot raises some interesting issues about who is, and who should, be doing the cooking in our sustainability obsessed food culture. The next post will be up…

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