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!
83: Diners, Dudes, & Diets with Dr. Emily Contois
The phrase “dude food” likely brings to mind a range of very specific images: burgers stacked impossibly high with an assortment of toppings that were themselves once considered a meal, crazed sports fans demolishing radioactively hot wings, barbecued or bacon wrapped…anything. But there is SO much more to the phenomenon of dude food than how outrageous the plate looks.
My guest this week, Dr. Emily Contois, is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Contois is here to explore dude food and chat about her fresh out this week book, Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture. Her book begins with the dude himself – the man who retains masculine privileges but doesn’t meet traditional standards of economic and social success.
Dr. Contois explores how the Great Recession’s aftermath contributed to this collision of dude masculinity and food producers and markets, and the lasting impact this gendering of food has had on food production, consumption, and informs the way we carry out our personal identity contests and media lives.
She is truly one of my absolute favourite food researchers out there – I mean she has papers out that explore Guy Fieri’s Flavourtown, and she’s got these accessible syllabi and reading lists for food media studies that really get the weird ways social media and Instagram have interacted with our own identities and selfhoods… so suffice to say I’ve been very excited to share this interview!
Learn More about Dr. Contois
Get a copy of her book, Diners, Dudes, and Diets! Website: https://emilycontois.com/ Twitter: @EmilyContois
82: How to Start a Feminist Restaurant with Dr. Alex Ketchum
With much attention finally being paid to sexual harassment and labour issues within the restaurant industries, it’s easy to view restaurant and food culture simply as being rooted in misogyny and patriarchy. But there are many feminist restaurant and coffeehouse spaces, some incredibly long standing, that serve to really challenge the structures and spaces we operate in. So what does a feminist coffeehouse or restaurant look like?
My guest this week, Dr. Alex Ketchum, is here to unpack that question more. Dr. Ketchum is currently a faculty lecturer at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University. Her doctoral dissertation from McGill focused on feminist restaurants, cafes, and coffeehouses in the United States and Canada from 1972-1989. Searching through women’s lesbian, and gay travel archives, she creates a data base that built a series of maps showing where American and Canadian feminist restaurants and cafes were located. She has a newly launched DIY guidebook, How to Start a Feminist Restaurant, that gleans the lessons of what makes an intentional feminist restaurant space work, and what to consider.
Today she’s on the show to explore some of the key findings from her research, and how she used them to launch the feminist restaurant project website to share her findings to highlight how past feminist restaurant owners navigated gender and racial barriers to opening restaurants, and what these takeaways can offer for today’s feminist communities.
Get Social with Dr. Ketchum!
Website: www.alexketchum.ca Twitter: @aketchum22
81: Changing Your Mind About Veggies, One Soup at a Time with Carolyn Davenport-Moncel
Today is our first real episode of the 6th season! Thank you all for joining me here today, it really means the world to share these conversations with you, and especially so when we’re all living in these very difficult new realities and a changed world, that you take the time to tune in.
My guest this week is Carolyn Davenport-Moncel. Carolyn is an American expat and Chicago native, who wears many, many hats as a writer, entrepreneur, digital marketing professional, mum of two, and Souper-in-Chief at Simply Souperlicious. Simply Souperlicious is a food recipe website, app, and community that is devoted to converting those veggie haters into veggie lovers – one local, seasonal, homemade soup at a time. Carolyn carries a wealth of knowledge and experience in digital media and communication, which spans more than 20 years. When she’s not cooking in her kitchen, singing loudly and off key to some 90s indie song, she’s serving as the Head of Digital Marketing at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland, where she oversees integrated marketing and digital transformation strategies. She is also the author of three collections of published short stories and numerous online media relations and lifestyle articles.
I will warn you that this episode might make you feel very strong soup cravings, so maybe just pin that idea for your next lunch! I am really excited to share this conversation, because through her Simply Souperlicious website and work, she’s really tackling these issues of who has access to healthy food, challenging what healthy food and wellness “is” or “isn’t” and making delicious and nutritious meals much more accessible for all those of us who are incredibly time crunched, stressed, and wanting to make some small first step changes for ourselves and our families.
Get Social with Carolyn!
Website: https://simplysouperlicious.com/ Instagram: @simplysouperlicious
80: Season 6 Launch [Solo Episode]
This episode kicks off the brand new 6th season for AnthroDish! Tune in to hear some reflections from Sarah on where the show is going, and tackling some issues and discomforts while growing the podcast audience and community. Full interview episodes start next Tuesday!
79: Bringing Holistic Nutrition to Pancakes with Elizabeth Stein of Purely Elizabeth
Have you ever heard about health foods or superfoods, and been curious to try them out, but not really sure how to go about it? My guest this week, Elizabeth Stein, is here to help alleviate some of that! Elizabeth is the founder and CEO of Purely Elizabeth Natural Foods, and is on the show today to share her story about how Purely Elizabeth came to be and how it’s working to innovate food and wellness spaces to be more inclusive, affordable, and tasty too!
Long before ingredients like chia or quinoa became popular, holistic nutritionist Elizabeth Stein dreamed of starting a natural foods company. Coupling her personal expertise and love for all things food and wellness, she founded Purely Elizabeth in 2009. Since it’s launch over 10 years ago Elizabeth has transformed the natural category by putting ancient grains on the map with their Ancient Grain Granolas, jumping from the #9 granola brand in the natural channel to #1 and selling over 17 million units worldwide.
Her latest achievement has Elizabeth going back to her roots in celebration of the brand’s 10 year anniversary with the launch of delectable, nutrient-rich Pancake Mixes, including a paleo-friendly, grain-free version and the FIRST featuring grass-fed collagen. Now, health-conscious foodies can enjoy this beloved breakfast food, guilt-free, and with more options to align with dietary and lifestyle choices. Elizabeth strives to promote a healthy food system through sustainability and transparency, and to be a force for good in everything that she does.
Learn More About Purely Elizabeth:
Website: https://purelyelizabeth.com/ Instagram: @purely_elizabeth YouTube Facebook: Purely Elizabeth
78: The Search for the Red Herring - Exploring the 18th Century Swedish Herring Smokehouses with Anton Larsson
Today we’re taking a step back in time and exploring some interesting food trends from the past. Every so often, there is a massive migration period for herring towards the Swedish West Coast. These seasonal migrations allow for coastal fishing of herring that is much more abundant than regular methods. During one Herring Period of the 18th century, Atlantic herring began migrating to the western coast of Sweden in seemingly infinite numbers, until they suddenly disappeared in 1809. In response, the Swedes imported the art of smoking herring kipper-style from Britain, but then lost this practice, with very little mention of it in the historical literature. So why did this happen, and how can we learn about it from the past?
My guest this week is Anton Larsson, who is here to share his research on the rise of Western Sweden’s industrial herring smokehouses. Anton is a PhD student in Archaeology at Stockholm University. Originally from Uddevalla on the west coast of Sweden, Anton fuels his research by his roots to the region. He shares how he explore the mystery of these industrial smokehouses rise and fall in the 18th century Sweden, and what we can learn about food systems, traditions, and industries from this particularly interesting episode from Swedish history. He also demonstrates the value of using archaeology in historical contexts to piece together new perspectives and understandings of how communities and cultures interacted with their landscapes, and why staying closer to home for research is good practice.
Learn More from Anton:
Twitter: @antonyaolarsson Website: https://www.su.se/english/profiles/anla3265-1.447274
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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!