reflections on food

growing, cooking, eating, and thinking…

F5 = 5 := Frames

Frames dictate and define how we see what we see. The crucial issue for the sociologist is to understand who decides which frames we are supposed to use… and for … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

F5 = 5 := Non-human agency

In the garden as well as in the field a multiplicity of actors intervenes to create the landscape we live in. Honoring non-human agency is an easy task for the … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

F5 = 5 := Reflexivity

The concept of reflexivity, as developed by Giddens, refers to one of the processes by which people in contemporary societies shape their lives by taking up trends while at the same … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

F5 = 5 := Embeddedness

Embeddedness is an abstraction that speaks to connections: the ones we know and accept, we cherish or loathe; the ones we are not aware of; the ones we want or … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

F5 = 5 := Gardening, Cooking, and Sociological theories

I garden following some fairly abstract principles. A garden is already a very specific representation of a large set of beliefs the gardener holds on what is proper, what is … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

F4 = 3 := Principles for Gardeners, Cooks, and Sociologists- Plan ahead, and expect things to go their way.

The Michigan climate and the soil in my garden constrain what I can grow. The needs of my family and the physical location define the limits of how far I … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

F4 = 3 := Principles for Gardeners, Cooks, and Sociologists- Work with what you have.

Work with what you have: soil, location, reused materials, old and new knowledge. These are basic permaculture principles, which again work well for many purposes. The knowledge we accumulate shapes … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

F4 = 3 := Principles for Gardeners, Cooks, and Sociologists- The Compost Pile

Leave the soil better than you found it.  This is one of the fundamental rules of organic gardening, and an easy one to apply when gardening in the suburbs. As … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

F3 = 2 := In My Life Now

This is my family: my husband of twenty years, with whom I share unspoken words and deep friendship, and my two teenagers: Anna and Daniel. We are our better selves … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

F2 = 1 := Good Food Brings Good Company

I discovered early in life that food has powers. It can soothe emotional pains, and bring to your table people that would not otherwise talk to each other. For many … Continue reading

January 31, 2015 · Leave a comment