AnthroDish is a weekly show about the intersections between our foods, cultures, and identities. Host Sarah Duignan sits down one-on-one with folks in academia, hospitality, farming and agriculture, and more to learn about their food knowledge and experiences. If you're interested in the unique and fascinating lives of everyday people who have been shaped by their relationship with food, this show is for you!
91: Fast, Easy, Cheap Vegan - Making Veganism More Accessible with Sam Turnbull
Something we’ve been focusing on this season is unpacking what makes food accessible or inaccessible – be it money, gender, race, or their intersections. Veganism is an arena where there is a lot of time-consuming and money-draining products, and particularly so when a lot of discussions around how to be vegan are white-centered. My guest this week, Sam Turnbull, works to bust the myths around veganism’s inaccessibility by creating simple plant-based comfort food recipes (with 10 ingredients or less) that are inexpensive ($10 or less) and quick (in 30 minutes or less). Sam lives in Toronto and is the author of the popular vegan blog, It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, and has over 70k subscribers on her YouTube channel of the same name.
Sam’s got a brand new cookbook out this week through Appetite called Fast, Easy, Cheap Vegan, where she’s focusing on 10-ingredient comfort food dishes like creamy basil gnocchi, citrus and coconut custard cups, and other recipes that can be whipped up in no time in ways that work with what you already have in your pantry. She’s on the show today to talk through her process of creating her new cookbook and her tips to creating a fuss-free, stress-free kitchen experience for those of us who are experiencing some burnout around meal preparation and planning.
Learn More About Sam!
Buy Fast, Easy, Cheap Vegan Cookbook
It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken Blog
90: How Has Purity Culture Shaped Eating Disorder Experiences? with Rebecca Wolfe
If you grew up in the early 2000s, you might remember the American push for True Love Waits, abstinence only-sex education, and purity rings being sported by celebrities like Jessica Simpson or the Jonas Brothers. Known as Purity Culture, this Protestant evangelical movement emphasizes sexual purity through abstinence… but beyond sex, how has the culture shaped how women understand their bodies, experiences with food, or informed the broader American diet culture?
My guest this week is Rebecca Wolfe, who is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at UCSF. She is interested in the intersection of race, class, gender, religion, embodiment and eating disoders. Her current work is focused on the impact of the Protestant, Evangelical movement known as “Purity Culture” on the development and manifestation of eating disorders in people assigned female at birth and raised within the movement.
Learn More About Rebecca:
Twitter: @rebeccathewolfe Medium article on Purity Culture Email: email@example.com
89: Exploring the Transformational Power of Baking and Makeup with Jerrod Blandino
If there’s one thing a lot of us have been doing since the start of COVID last spring, it’s returning to our kitchens – sometimes to help us grieve, sometimes to find joy, and sometimes just for needed sustenance. But there’s something about baking in particular that has re-emerged as an incredible source of joy and heart.
My guest this week is Jerrod Blandino, and he is here to talk about how his personal experiences baking have transformed into something much bigger and community based.
Jerrod is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Too Faced, a beauty brand he launched with Jeremy Johnson in 1998. Blandino got his start working behind the Estee Lauder makeup counter in the 1990s, and through working one-on-one with clients, he quickly discovered the transformative power that makeup had on women. While he loved working behind the counter, one of his main goals was to create a fun and unique makeup brand that would inject joy back into an industry that was rigidly defined by rules. With a credit card, laser-like focus, and a dream to celebrate and empower women, Too Faced Cosmetics was born.
Over twenty-two years, Blandino’s out of the box creativity helped pave the way to make the bran grow into a multi-million dollar business. Aside from Beauty, Blandino’s other greatest passion in life is baking, and many of Too Faced’s product names are a nod to this - if you’ve ever used Too Faced products, you’ll immediately think about the captivating food-inspired and infused scents that many of their products have – there are cocoa contours, peach eye shadow palettes, and cinnamon bear lip plumpers… it’s really like a candyland dream come true!
In 2019, he began baking more seriously, and started an IGTV series, #BakeupwithJerrod, which has racked up thousands of views and features celebrity guests. Today, Jerrod is here to talk about his revamped IGTV Bakeup series, and shares how he takes inspiration from the beauty of the natural world to bring to his beauty and baking experiences. I don’t know if it’s obvious yet, but I’m a huuuge fan of Too Faced cosmetics, so being able to interview Jerrod on the intersections of beauty and food is really a dream come true for me!
Learn More About #BakeupwithJerrod!
IGTV Series: @jerrodblandino (use #BakeupwithJerrod to share your baking!) Website: Too Faced Cosmetics
88: Re-Imagining Colonial Binaries in the Relationship Between Sikhi and Alcohol Consumption with Manvinder Gill
What role does religion play in cultural attitudes and practices towards drinking alcohol? Is it possible to look at one element without accounting for the other? And how does gender inform how religious and cultural identities are understood or enforced?
My guest this week is Manvinder Gill, a researcher interested in the intersections of alcohol and Sikhi. She recently finished her MA in religious studies at McMaster University. Her thesis interrogated the ways colonialism and intergenerational trauma influence problems with alcohol in the Sikh-Canadian community. Outside of the academy, Manvinder is the co-lead at Asra: The Punjabi Alcohol Resource (asranow.ca), a grassroots organization that serves as a starting point for Punjabi families who struggle with alcohol use. Currently, Manvinder is pursuing her Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
She's on the show today to explore the results of this research, highlighting the complexities of alcohol consumption and problems with alcohol for Sikh-Canadian communities, the role that masculinity plays in this relationship, and how the colonial binaries of good/bad can be re-imagined for better harm reduction approaches.
Learn more about Manvinder!
Instagram: @womanvinder Twitter: @womanvinder Website: asranow.ca
87: Are Local Food Movements Elitist? with Paul O. Mims
It’s been a while since I’ve put out an episode, so I am extra excited to get these episodes rolling out again. These are a continuation of season 6 that got a bit de-railed after a provincial lockdown up here in Ontario. Today, we’re back on our regular interviews, and this one is an episode I’ve been SO pumped to share since the moment we sat down for this talk.
When we talk about the food system and all its faults, the overwhelming trend in the last twenty years has been, well… we just have to eat local. But what does that actually mean, and is it accessible to eat local, or is it an elitist bandaid solution to the much bigger societal problems it’s trying to skirt?
My guest this week is the phenomenal food writer, creator, and educator Paul O. Mims, who is on the show to explore the elitism of local food movements and his unique and refreshing lens as a food writer. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Paul began cooking at six years old with his grandmother. He's run culinary programs at a public library, worked as a museum educator at New York’s premier food and beverage museum, taught at public schools worked as a community organizer conducting community food access programs, and even teaching cooking as a drag queen. Paul's unique and expansive career is so easily showcased in his food writing as well: he has that very rare ability of being incredibly concise but also able to bring so many considerations in when exploring key issues in the food world.
This week he’s on the show to explore one of the essays he’s written on Medium unpacking the local food scene. We look at how the local food movement started, and Paul explores how the public started to romanticize agriculture, and how white women’s moralities began to shape and take hold of the ethics of food consumption in the 21st century. If you grew up in the era of Food, Inc, feeling stressed about Michael Pollan telling you what to eat and how to eat it, this is one of those conversations that really takes a step back and assesses the amount of damage that these movements and their elitism has had on the food world, and I have been so looking forward to sharing this with you.
Learn More About Paul!
Website: https://mrpaulomims.com/ Instagram: @mrpaulomims Twitter: @mrpaulomims Medium: https://medium.com/@hausofoneal Okra Project essay: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/the-okra-project
86: Seed Keeping and Land Sovereignty with Tiffany Traverse of 4th Sister Farm
Today’s interview is really special for me to share with you all, because my guest is someone I’ve formed a really wonderful friendship with through the podcast community – I’m fairly certain we connected through one of my former guests, Trina Moyles – and being able to sit with her today after years of both of us growing our work and cheering each other on means a lot. So! Now that I’ve set the stage, I will introduce our fabulous guest for today… Tiffany Traverse!
Tiffany’s self described as a Secwépemc and Swiss-Italian Seed Keeper, chicken chaser, Zone 2 stretcher, and Fourth Sister to the land. She’s been experimenting and working on cultivating, saving, and sharing Indigenous vegetable and herb seed varieties through Fourth Sister Farms.
Today she speaks with me on the work she’s doing at Fourth Sister Farms and how it connects to a broader community of seed keepers across Turtle Island to foster Indigenous food and land sovereignty. We also speak to the importance of Land Back and the ways we can do more to help Indigenous land and water protectors continue their efforts.
Learn More About Tiffany and 4th Sister Farm!
Facebook: @4thsisterfarm Instagram: @4thsisterfarm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org More Land and Seed Resources
Community Seed Network Young Agrarians Land Matching Sundance Harvest
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I’m so glad I discovered AnthroDish. Food is a passion of mine, and Sarah and her guests offer so much on the subject. The conversations are thoughtful, intelligent, and engaging. I’m happily surprised at how many fascinating topics and concepts connect to food. Thanks Sarah!
Anthrodish Podcast Continues to Inspire
This is my favourite podcast because it inspires and challenges us to grow, not just in our understanding of the dynamics of food and culture, but also in terms of the role we do and can play. So often, even the best interviewers can frustrate listeners by not truly listening to their guests. Sarah’s questions always open up interesting avenues of discussion but she also listens for opportunities to switch gears into an even more interesting or thoughtful angle or to flesh out an answer that sparked her curiosity and sense of wonder. Just as I’m wishing I could explore an idea further, she does so for us. This allows guests to be truly passionate and engaging and informative. Sarah’s building a home for so many unique voices and topics and then inviting us to join her on this journey. This is a community of people who care and want to make a difference. Sarah helps her incredible guests get their messages across while introducing more questions so that each show’s ending feels more like the beginning of a new, empowering and supported journey. It’s one I look forward to with each new episode. Bravo!
I have been listening to this podcast from the beginning, and every week I think "this is the best one yet!". Sarah continually outdoes herself and consistently interviews fascinating and educated guests. I can't compare this podcast to any other, because there isn't one like it. I have been learning so much. Keep up the excellent work!