Saturday, January 24

food blogging


Whats the difference between a 'food blog' and just blogging about food?
I reckon its a recipe posting ratio of anything more than 5:10

My sister in law casually dropped a message on my 'wall' (Facebook term for page) last week saying she 'really liked my blog but it was very foodie'. (waving at YOU Jen!)

Now being essentially someone who is a little insecure; lacking in self assurity, it threw me into a spin being labelled as very anything. I have reflected on my tendency toward very food related posting in the past so it got me thinking and articulating (justifying) to myself about my interest in food and its place in my activism. Was i realy just randomly blogging about what we had for dinner? So i was really pleased today to find a passage in my current read, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (the irony is not escaping me folks) a wonderful passage that summed up my feeling about the important role of food, not just from a direct nuritional point of view or its role in shaping culture and family, but the big picture of food, the one that i strive to address by my choices and practices in my everyday life, the concept that drives me to include it in my blogging.
Eaters must understand that eating take place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that what we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used

It's what i try and teach my children.

I think food activism is a particularly very feminine approach to the current issues we face as a global community; it embodies feminist conceptualisations of the personal being political and while we may strive to have equity in our homes and in our child rearing practices, contemporary evidence still shows that women do the majority of the feeding tasks of the family; the decision making of the purchasing and the making and providing. My husband may choose to climb coal fired chimney stacks, head off the Japanese whaling boats in a small rubber dingy and organise pickets against GMOs, I do the day to day monitoring and purchasing of food and all that it involves when you are an ethical, sustainable loca vore consumer and facilitate and manage the planting and maintainance of the vegetables. Both are acts of defiance and intent, both are radical in their own way. Besides the fact, i really love it, food has always been my 'thing'. (If you have any issues with a feminist embracing the traditionally feminine, just head on over to bluemilk and start at the first post). So if what we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used, making good food choices; side stepping and opting out of supporting monolithic, polluting and unethical agribusiness, is choosing to use the worlds resources in a more considered way.

9 comments:

Stewart said...

Thanks for the insight.
I like it.

Stewart said...

Oh,btw, I haven't read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, but it looks like I'm about to.

Rest is not idleness said...

Hi Kel,
I don't think your blog is too food orientated. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a great read, I really enjoyed it. I never really thought about it before but I guess food is my 'thing' as well. I enjoy reading about it, preparing it, looking at it, thinking about the things I could make with it, and of course eating it.
take care
Pip

Veggie Gnome said...

There are not enough food pictures on your blog, Kel! :)

We enjoyed Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. It really re-inforced our belief in growing our own veggies, food miles, eating as locally as possible, having a good look at where food comes from, etc.

Have you read the 100-Mile-Diet? Slightly different from the above book, but still worth reading.

Sarah said...

Keep your blog just the way it is. I enjoy your thoughts just the way it is : o )

naturewitch said...

Hi Kel

Keep the posts coming! They are not too "foody" at all. After all, the food we choose to eat has the most impact on the environment of anything that we do. xx

Kel said...

stewart - glad you found it useful and its a geat read.

Pip - sounds like a snap! i take cookbooks to bed...bet you do too!

Veggie - its looking like more food blogging is required! and thatnk for the tip-will check it out coz i havent read it.

Sarah- hey thanks for the thumbs up! - sometimes I do wonder if im going in a strange direction...any direction...

NW - my SIL didnt know what she was talkng about. hey? LOl..ok, I'll kepp on keepin on.

Julie said...

Surely "I like your blog BUT...", regardless of the ending of the sentence, is a reflection of the commenters reading preferences and not you personally?

Meh. I'm with everyone else, keep up the great posts :-) Oh and I LOVED A,V,M too, what a fabulous read.

Julie said...

Oh and I'm with Veg - MORE food pics please:-D