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Relationships with Food

We are likely to be in the circular room, to the far right.


This is from Cassidy:


Why do you eat what you eat?

How much is food part of your culture?

How much is food part of your social life?

How much is your relationship with food ritual?

Do men and women have different perceptions of food?

Recently I was in the grocery store and purchased imitation crab meat on impulse. I remember when I was a child my mother was on a fat-free fad and she'd serve us fat-free imitation crab meat Miracle Whip salad on iceberg lettuce on white bread. When I had finished reliving my memories, I looked at the package of imitation crab meat and realized that the red food coloring was carmine, made from crushed cochineal, a scale insect. I immediately though, "Ewwwwwww."

Different diets work for different people. Food can represent much more than just calories and micro-nutrients.

Why is it that some cultures deem certain foods acceptable? In France it is common to eat horse, while in America horses are considered pets.

Cows are intelligent, social animals, but we breed and slaughter them in factory farms which is taboo for those living in Nepal and India.

Cochineal bugs were used by the Aztecs and for decades in modern cuisine to color food, until Americans learned the source and its popularity decreased. When was the last time you ate cow tongue, deer heart, head cheese and tripe?

What are your favorite foods and why? Are their flavors/textures that you despise? After dinner mints, Necco Wafers (chalk candies) and spearmint always make me feel uncomfortable, while maple brown sugar oatmeal and tofu hotdogs induce relaxation. Did the environment you originally tried the food influence your opinion? Are there any foods that you have come to appreciate or hate?


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    All...I cannot make the meet today. I am very interested in this venue and will get there one of these sessions. Thank you!

    January 19, 2014

  • Alina

    cow tongue, head cheese, tripe all part of my past…a delicious one ! ask me how I became vegan ! : ) it should be an interesting topic

    January 9, 2014

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