What is culture without it's food? This question has been on m mind lately. (Maybe I'll re-route my master's thesis towards it). The more days that pass the more foods I realize I will not be ever eating in the future. I'm struggling with cravings but at the same time realizing the many layers to this transition to true health. One of these layers is culture.
I'm visiting England for four months, staying in Devon, the South West. This area is known for it's Devonshire double cream. We went for a drive through a scenic national park two days ago, and we passed a sign advertising 'Home-Made Local Devonshire Ice Cream' being sold on the farm. I was struck with an insistent urge to stop the car, for what could bring about more of a 'local' experience than such sweet and innocent stop for road-side ice cream?! Then it hit me: ice cream has sugar. And, I am off dairy. No more road-side ice cream! I thought of all the road trips I've been on and all the stopping for ice-cream across North America, and in Europe (Gelato!) that I've had.
I've had the same realization with many things. No more croissants. No more beer. So this experience is nothing new.
My thoughts aren't altogether succinct on this topic, but how food and culture are interlinked go beyond social situations. What and how we eat shapes the way we see the world. It's political. And it's very much about community.
With the last in mind, I am so grateful for the community on this forum. I am grateful for all the links that people have been sharing. There's an irony for me here: I'm getting a sense of a community on this forum, however I am desperately wanting to extract myself from the internet. That's a whole other topic, but I'm faced with that tension every day.
Anyway, just some thoughts. I know there are tons of books out there on the topic. Anyone have any suggestions for reading?