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I’m Sarah Emily – that’s me having breakfast – and thanks for stopping by.

Based at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research in Johannesburg (the second greatest city after Paris), I’m an historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century South Africa, with a particular interest in the intersection of histories of childhood, medicine, and sexuality. My current project is a history of sex education in South Africa.

Here, though, I write about food. This is not a food blog, but, rather, a blog about food – and, more specifically, about food, eating, and cooking. There are enough recipes for red velvet cake floating around the internet. Here, I’m taking a closer look at the complex relationships between eating and identity; between cooking and politics; and between food and power.

I began this blog in February 2011 as a place to play with new ideas for a research project, but it has since developed in ways I hadn’t really expected. It’s wildly fun, though. (And some people have said lovely things about it too. Which is amazing.)

I post a selection of interesting food-related reading and an essay on alternate weeks. (This is a list of all the posts I’ve written here). I have an occasional Foodie Pseudery series too.

I have written about food, cities, museums, higher education, and books for publications including Fire and Knives, the New HumanistAfrica is a CountryThe Conversation, and the Guardian. See here for a full list.

Do please get in touch if you’ve any ideas or queries, or would just like to say hello. My email address is sarahemilyduff [at] gmail [dot] com.

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Medium.

This is my comments policy.

Sarah Emily

P.S. The title of this blog comes from DJ Opperman’s poem ‘Sproeireën’.

P.P.S. This blog was designed by my amazingly brilliant and talented sister.

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18 Comments Post a comment
  1. Katherine Twamley #

    You look very happy in that photo.

    February 19, 2011
    • You should have seen the size of the breakfast.

      February 20, 2011
  2. Hi Sarah Emily, Stephanie Carvin passed on info to me about your blog and I believe info about my blog, fincafood, to you. So far I have only had the time to have a quick look over and I love what I have read so far. I am particularly amused by the foodie pseudery, if Ishow any inclination at all to go in that direction I do hope that you will yank me back from the brink. The street art in Woodstock looked very interesting too, I will be reading that properly later.
    Nevenka x

    May 14, 2012
    • Hello! And thanks so much for your comment. Stephanie passed on your blog to me, and I’ve so enjoyed it! And don’t worry about the pseuds – I only ever send up professional food writers and, anyway, your writing is really excellent.

      May 15, 2012
  3. Thanks for following my posts.
    I love jam-making too- especially blackcurrant made from bushes in my garden. My mother said I was doing it the wrong way, but everyone loves it. I under sugar it. Quite tart- strikes a note with my gravatar!
    Looking forward to discovering more culinary ideas, but not in the form of a cookbook.

    January 15, 2014
  4. The topic of food and culture interests me, I am looking forward to checking out your blog

    January 16, 2014
  5. Really excited to have found you, looking forward to reading more….

    June 15, 2014
  6. Hey Sarah Emily, loving your blog. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂 Jess

    January 12, 2015

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