As I first began to read the introduction of the “Food and Culture” book, I thought that it is very interesting that the study of food has expanded so greatly into many different fields that would commonly be thought of as unrelated to food. Intriguing examples of fields which food studies have been part of are film studies, architecture, psychology and others. Isn’t it amazing that food is related to so many things? It does make sense though since food is part of our everyday lives and may be incorporated by other things we do during our unique lifestyles. Even as I write this blog post I am hungry despite the fact that I just ate an hour ago….
The introduction also discussed the idea of the Hispanic American that feeding roles are not subservient for housewives but instead show empowerment. I agree with this notion because if you cannot make food and you anger the one who provides the food then there is a chance that she will not make food for you! So the person who makes the food has the power to not feed you. I think this is a great thought as opposed to the common sexist jokes for example; Male: “Hey girl, make me a sandwich!” Female: “No! Make it yourself!” Now that we can have a different view on the role of housewives, the Female in the mini dialogue can go make the Male that sandwich but if he angers her, look whose dinner is at stake.
I found the article “Why do we Overeat” by Margaret Mead very interesting and very relatable as often when I am very hungry I tend to just want to eat way more than what I actually need. On the topic of overeating, as I was on Facebook this morning I stumbled upon this meme which shows very simply and briefly what food can do to our bodies.
One thing that Mead mentioned that I would have never thought of was the fact that perhaps abandoning the “three meals a day” rule does not always need to be followed and to eat what u need when u need it instead. After reading that part of the article it reminded me of a diet idea which I had heard some time ago. This diet idea was to eat many small meals or snacks in order to never really feel hungry and never completely overeat thus allowing us to eat the food we need and not store too much food away in our fat deposits. I think it would be nice to try that out as opposed to staying on the complete three meals a day idea but I don’t think my family would have the same opinions on that idea as I do… I think it is sad to say that overeating is so much fun sometimes. It’s sad but it’s true. I do enjoy stuffing myself at a buffet but I’m sure it’s really bad for you. I read once that if you eat until your stomach is only 80% full as opposed to 100% full that you will live a longer life. If only applying this idea was easier to do…
From the article “Toward a Psychology of Contemporary Food Consumption,” Barthes expresses a very intriguing message that not only is sugar a food product but it is in fact an attitude. I found that a very interesting way of describing what sugar is and it definitely opened my mind to thinking differently about things in our life which may seem like “just food.” I guess food does say a lot about culture but that is just one of the obvious things to think about. Maybe we could think about how certain foods define us and who we would be if we were not exposed to such foods. I remember when I was first exposed to Mexican food. I for one am not likely to be open to new foods and I like to stay within my comfort zone but after opening up my circle and trying tacos and burritos, I always have a craving for them every now and then. I think food can also hold significance and symbolism in our lives, and on a psychological level. For example, if something good happened on a certain day and a certain meal was eaten on that same day, then that meal might be tied to the good event and have significance to the person as good memories are tied to that food.
One thing that I did not particularly understand in the article “The Culinary Triangle” by Levi-Strauss was the idea of many cultures that boiled meat is more superior to roasted meat. For me I think I enjoy roasted meat rather than boiled meat, but perhaps during a time when boiling may have been a more difficult task which may have required more tools then it could have signified superiority. There were many things part of this article which I was sort of confused about but perhaps as this course progresses I may be able to come back to it and have a better understanding.
Ironically I leave this blog post to eat some more food.
See you next week,