When you have gatekeepers the stories are obviously much more controlled
March 30, 2015 12:46 PM Subscribe
Oh, honey, food is ALL about power!
I used to joke that Saveur magazine had three basic narratives for their features:Thy Tran is a San Francisco-based writer and chef-instructor who specializes in the history and culture of food and is a founder of the Asian Culinary Forum. Bani Amor is a queer mestiza travel writer, zine-maker and photographer from Brooklyn by way of Ecuador whose mission is to decolonize travel media.
1) Back in college, I visited this completely alien country and fell in love with it immediately. I wandered the alleyways and discovered amazing places with real people serving real food. I revisit as often as I can, and I now consider it a second home. Here’s a great recipe for paella.
2) When we fled the war, the only thing we took were the clothes on our backs and our grandmother’s recipe book. Now, join me as I return to my homeland and learn how to make dumplings while reconciling with past devastation and modern development. [Insert requisite description of boy using cell phone while riding a water buffalo.]
3) When I was little, our nanny/cook/farm hand would let me sit on a stool in the kitchen and she’d sing while grinding corn. Here is her recipe for tamales.
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