Food Links, 07.03.2012
Why cupcakes must not be allowed to take over International Women’s Day. (Thanks, Ella!)
Top five meat substitutes.
This is fantastic: the Walkin Kitchen.
Giving battery chickens a second chance.
Cooking sous vide at home. (With thanks to Dan Kemp.)
Why cooking on clean stoves will improve health and save lives.
American meat consumption has actually dropped by twelve percent over the past five years.
The mass production of communion wafers. (Thanks Mum!)
One day, you will play video games with a pig.
How to choose the perfect chicken.
The decline of the pop-up restaurant and the rise of the no-choice restaurant.
Five packaged foods you never need to buy again.
The Darth Vader burger.
How to keep avocados from turning brown. (Thanks Dad!)
No maple syrup by 2100?
The US army has made a sandwich that stays fresh for two years.
How to survive the midwest: a guide for vegetarians.
Cupcakes: more dangerous than you would imagine. (Thanks Jane!)
The makers of Twinkies are (financially) bankrupt. (Here’s a quick look at some of their other products.)
Barbara Demick on Kim Jong-Il’s eating habits.
Marshmallows: the new cupcakes?
A fork in the road for Slow Food USA?
The growing vogue for chia seeds.
The countries that eat the most and the least.
An interview with the Skint Foodie.
So what’s really in diet soft drinks?
This is ridiculous.
Other ways to use Angostura bitters.
Two cupcake haters in one post! Thank you! But really, I’m pleased to read Claire Melamed calling out of the cupcake feminists. The fetishization of the cupcake is no exaggeration: cupcakes, the ultimate in feminine packaging, feature prominently on the counters of upmarket London sex shops (erotic boutiques).
“Because these cupcakes – mark my words, feminists – these trendy little cupcakes are the thin end of the wedge. It will start with cupcakes and it will end in vaginoplasty.”
Here is mamamia celebrating international women’s day, with a posting of vaginal cupcakes: http://www.mamamia.com.au/food/vagina-cupcakes-some-people-are-so-damn-creative/
A segueway to other concepts of food as gift — international women’s day reminds me of celebrations in Russia, where international women’s day has been created as the sister of Red Army Day. Interestingly for the international West, these Russian celebrations collapse Mothers and Fathers days and Valentine’s day into twinned celebrations of gender roles. On Red Army Day, we celebrate the patriarchs and the soldiers, men in their various heroic relations to women, and (oddly) on international women’s day men of Russia young and old celebrate their mothers and their lovers as two sides of the same coin.
Which leads (back to food) and, further east, the remarkable Japanese practice of ritual chocolate giving. In Japan, on Valentines, women (exclusively) give chocolate to their colleagues and superiors (with a more expensive line of chocolate available for giving to one’s partner), making this, unambiguously, a “love your patriarch / the patriarchy” day. A month later there’s an odd counterstrike, “white day”, entirely conceived by the chocolate distributors, when men may choose to return the favour by purchasing more expensive chocolates, presented in discrete white boxes. Rigged gender potlach!
So international women’s day and “white day” to this forward to this week. What do the cupcake feminists have to say?
Ha! My pleasure. I’ve written about cupcakes here too: https://tangerineandcinnamon.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/ladyfood/ I love those vaginal cupcakes.
And thank you so much! I had absolutely no idea about how Red Army Day and International Women’s Day were celebrated. That’s really, really fascinating. And as to Japan: http://www.theworld.org/2009/10/kit-kat-big-in-japan/