About the blog
A collaborative effort among students of food, geography, and North Africa, Eating with Others asks how food can prompt new readings of old texts. This blog is the work of participants in a community partner project for a course in Geographies of the Middle East at the University of British Columbia.
Over the course of a semester, we’ll read and analyze a series of travelogues written by Westerners in Egypt and Morocco. Where were they eating and what did they taste? How do these authors perceive and narrate difference through the lenses of gender, domestic space and food? And how can we engage these texts critically through blogging about them?
About the authors
I first discovered that travel and food go hand in hand when I spent six months traveling and working on farms in New Zealand back in 2012. I went on to begin a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of British Columbia, in a program which has allowed me to expand my interests and focus on health in a global context. While I am no longer studying food or agriculture, I still love exploring how people engage with what they eat. Most recently, I spent the summer and fall of 2016 exploring farms in Europe, which provided me with a variety of experiences from milking goats in the north of France, to crushing grapes with my feet in Tuscany, to rotating chicken trailers in rural Denmark. I’m always imagining where my love of food will take me next, but in the mean time, I get to discover how other travelers have engaged with food throughout history. Read Rose’s posts.
I’m a PhD candidate at Georgetown University and a food blogger. I study the history of food and kitchens in North Africa, and prefer to cook my way through my sources whenever possible. Through my research, I ask how kitchens and culinary practices can help us understand histories of gender, class, and race. The sources I use include oral histories conducted with home cooks and cookbook authors, out-of-print cookbooks and home management manuals fished out of dusty used bookstalls, novels, films, archival material––and, of course, travelogues like the ones we’re reading here. Read Anny’s posts.
Growing up on the island of Bermuda allowed me to see from a young age how we can trace cultures through food. Codfish and potatoes is a typical Bermudian dish almost always served at Easter. Cassava Pie is, without fail, served at Christmas time. This close relationship between food and traditions has left me fascinated with how this same phenomenon can be seen across the world. I consider myself lucky that my Geography degree allows me to dig deeper into this and explore food further in this way. Read Meredith’s posts.
My relationship with food has been a tumultuous one. Cooking is not my forte, however I am fascinated with the role that food plays in the daily lives of people. As a student of Anthropology at UBC I am drawn to how food can be traced back through time and place, connecting people to each other and to their environment. Food practices can offer information about the intricacies of social life, allowing insight to the past through the lens of food. For me, it is a fresh way of approaching the past and the present since food is something that people need at least once a day, every day of their lives. Read Logan’s posts.