I’d also like to note the start of a new food blog carnival, Potluck:
Potluck is intended to be a carnival for multicultural and intersectional discussions of food. There are no real limits on theme; however, the focus of the carnival is on thoughts and experiences around food through various topics that you might see around the social justice blogosphere, including but not limited to food discussions intersecting with disability, gender, sexuality, fat, animal rights and of course cultural and racial issues. We welcome you to share your recipes as well as your thoughts and experiences, but we ask that you do not submit posts with recipes only. eta; Submissions can be in any format you choose- essays, personal anecdotes, art, comics, etc.- so long as they meet the previous requirements./eta
The theme for the first edition is holidays, & the deadline is January 21. More info at the link.
I’d love to see some submissions that take animal rights into consideration. I’ve seen the posts that have inspired the carnival, & while I fully agree with their points — that race/culture-based shaming around what food is acceptable & what food is “gross” is nonsensical & wrong — the posts were difficult for me to read, given the vivid descriptions of dead animal food in them. To be clear: I would feel as uncomfortable, & do, reading people’s paeans to eating McDonald’s hamburgers as when they are talking about tripe or pigeon or kidney. I have experienced people finding the traditional food that my family eats as disgusting or strange, simply because it falls outside their strict Western view of what is “normal.” I’m just saying it’s difficult for me to read posts talking about it that write lovingly about dead animals in the process. I note, of course, that there are lots of veg*n foods that receive the same “ewwww, what is that weird crap” treatment: tofu, natto, kimchi, etc. etc. etc.