Top Episodes This Week
E67: Talking Toronto Food Justice (w/ Vanessa Ling Yu, Paul Taylor & Hywel Tuscano)
The Racist Sandwich Podcast
I thought about @yskevinhuang when I was listening to this episode. Good points about how per diems for govt workers are $75 per day but people on welfare have only $7 for food left on their welfare cheques per month.
Episode 1: Tea as a Mourning Ritual
Loose Leaf Podcast - Tea People
Asma Khan: My life in five dishes
The Food Chain
I just want to curl up under a cozy afghan with a mug of tea and listen to this woman talk. I remembered 2 young men in my Food Writing class at George Brown who had to take it because they needed an elective but spent the whole team sneering at food writing because it’s not “real news”. They are so wrong. There is so much complexity in this story - the determination of the unwanted second daughter; the loneliness of the immigrant; upper class / lower class attitudes to food preparation; grit, determination, success. Somewhere in there they tossed in as an unimportant fact that she also earned her PhD in Constitutional Law at Cambridge. WOWZA! And the SheEO in me wants to figure out how to fund her mission to create female-only cafes in refugee camps and brothel slums to provide hope, community and job skills. So inspiring. This is the kind of news I care about.
E73: There's Never Been Anyone Else Like Me (w/ Soleil Ho)
The Racist Sandwich Podcast
Soleil Ho leads the pack of the third wave of leading 'non-white' food critics (SF Chronicle). Plus she's young and female. And she's queer! No wonder some 'traditional' folks were deeply offended by her placement. This episodes discusses the democratization of food criticism and why the third wave of food critics now write for a different audience: a diverse audience. Soleil is a symbol of change that leads to conflict between generations (reminds me of the Megxit conflict between generations). I'm SO glad they discussed the bias of Michelin-star reviews. Michelin is the 'Oscar' in the restaurant world but it's based on an age-old institution and standards. Soleil discusses why staff at Michelin star restaurants do not know how to make certain clientele feel comfortable. I've read of chefs becoming depressed when they lose Michelin stars - there needs to be a new standard. The good stuff starts at the 6-minute mark. Thank you @serena, I loved your reco
Episode 29: Japanese Grocery Stores – an interview with Spilled Milk’s Matthew Amster-Burton!
Miso Hungry Podcast
Japan is totally #1 on my bucket list. Apparently even the food at convenience stores is good. The anecdote about the Japanese reality show “First Errand” that features TV cameras following tiny tots on their first trip to the jug milk store was hilarious, but it emphasizes the cultural difference in approach to child-rearing. Apparently in Japan, children are expected to be self-sufficient and people believe the neighbourhoods are safe enough that you don’t have to drive your kid everywhere or risk parent-shaming. As I was listening to the story about the 2 year old dragging the carton of milk home from the corner store, I was looking at the dirty popcorn bowl that my able bodied hockey-playing 16 year old dumped last night for the Dish Fairy to find and clean. “There’s no Dish Fairy,” my daughter said. “There’s you. You clean everything.” Grrrrrr. Time to implement some First Errand on the home front.
01 - Memories of A Matriarch
As The Tea Steeps