My food media echo chamber has erupted two times of particular note this year.
First, Alison Roman was cancelled for criticising Chrissy Teigen & Marie Kondo, in particular for having their own product lines, seconds before talking about her own line.
Second, Bon Appétit editor Adam Rapaport resigned in the wake of pay inequality and racist culture allegations at the magazine.
Both occasions prompted the white people involved to declare what they’re going to do to better lift up those around them whose voices aren’t being valued and heard in the way they should be.
Taking inspiration from these two events and everything I’ve learned about global foods & beverages, especially in the evolution and appropriation space here’s what I vow to do better when it comes to the food and food media I consume.
As an eater, no food I consume should be seen as an ‘adventure’. I should probably also scrap the word authentic while I’m at it. Food cultures are an experience to appreciate, not appropriate for my own ego.
I will not cause offence with my reactions to food.
As a cook I’ll be inquisitive and thoughtful. I won’t ever claim a recipe, ingredient or technique as my own and will do my utmost to pay homage to & credit the culture they come from, tracing mobilities back wherever possible. I will cook from a broader range of cuisines.
I will change my viewing habits to include a broader range of cultures, even if that means subtitles and try my best when learning to watch resources from people who are talking about their own cuisine.
I’ll watch the new Bon Appétit.
I’ll expand the diversity of my cookbook shelf.
I will use my voice to speak up on issues of diversity in the food world. I’ll examine the role my privilege plays in my perspective.