Category: food and culture

Distillery Cats, via Instagram

What Butchering Your Animals Really Feels Like

Modern Farmer

Farm Confessional:

But I don’t want to debate where you get your food, or what you choose to eat. That is all up to you. I want to describe what it is like to be present at butcher day, and what goes into the routine leading up to it. Of course, this has changed in the 11 years since we had our first group of sheep butchered. That was a very uncomfortable day, and it still is. It will always be uncomfortable, just like taking a dying animal to be euthanized: You know, and they don’t.

Distillery Cats, via Instagram

Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash

southern foodways

crucial hushpuppies!

Then there’s the fried seafood. On the town’s website and logo and elsewhere, Calabash declares itself the Seafood Capital of the World, and has done so for many decades, since back when the population was in the low hundreds. The New York Times reported in 1983 that Calabash had 180 people and 32 restaurants.

See All of the Mast Brothers Chocolate Wrappers

Vanity Fair

yeah, but is the design part of the hoax?

…that packaging, which makes having a Mast Brothers Chocolate bar not unlike unwrapping a gift. The hefty paper with its fanciful designs has attracted as much a following as their dark chocolate itself. Its designer, Nathan Warkentin, a 33-year-old former menswear designer, tries to evoke an individual abstract palate alluding to the chocolate bar’s country of origin. The design of the sea-salt bar, which contains sea salts from Maine, speaks to American ties and pocket squares with its preppy pale-blue stripes. But that’s one of the more obvious. “They’re all very abstract,” says Warkentin, who cites Franz Kline, Ettore Sottsass, and various couture houses as occasional inspirations. “It spins around in my head—and comes out like this.”

The 1904 World's Fair: A Turning Point for American Food

Serious Eats

none of these things happened at the 1904 World’s Fair

But I think there’s a reason that so many of these tall tales have been rooted in a single place and point in time. When it comes to food origin stories, we crave the details. We want our favorite foods to have been invented by a specific person at a specific moment. If we can work in a little tension and drama, like hot tea that won’t sell or ice cream that’s melting all over, then all the better. And the more we dig into these tales, the more we can see why the St. Louis World’s Fair was such a ripe venue for these dramatic origin stories.

Georgia Ranney, via Instagram

Pop Culture

Southern Foodways Alliance

Southern Soda Vinegars

“I wanted to make pork barbecue with Cheerwine somehow, and I wanted it to be sour instead of sweet,” Travis says. He thought that turning Cheerwine into vinegar would be the the easiest way to achieve that flavor. “Growing up in Appalachia, I’ve always said there’s two things you come out loving: black pepper and vinegar. It’s just kind of in our palates.” target=”_blank”>I love vinegar, I love pickled things.”

Meals of the Rich Vs. Very Poor, Around the World & Through Time


Food is Power

Photographer, Henry Hargraves, started this photo series by photographing foods historical dictators have eaten. Quickly, though, their endeavour evolved as they saw stark similarities between past and present. It became abundantly clear how authoritarian regimes throughout history have used food as a weapon, systematically oppressing, silencing, and killing people through starvation.

How Chicago's Slaughterhouse Spectacles Paved The Way For Big Meat


Killing Fields

Hogs were driven to the roofs of the building, where they were allowed to cool down. And then they were brought onto the kill floor, about 12 or 13 at a time, where a shackler would shackle the hind leg. And then the hog would be lifted into the air by the Hurford wheel, and they’d go to the sticker, who basically cut the hog’s throat. Then it would pass onto an army of 150 men and women who would dress the hog. And then you were taken off to see the soap works, the hide rooms, through the whole thing.

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