Food Writing, From my Perspective…

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own


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“Food Writing, From my Perspective…” Was Here

As it comes to me, food writing is all about observation. Observations on the way people eat, how food is made, how it is grown and produced, what people do with the food, what people pay for the food, and so much more.

A topic I like to observe is the way people eat food. From a distance I sat watching people. There were people that were eating with their forks, chopsticks, and their hands. There were people who ate with their napkins in their laps and then there were the people who had no napkin at all. I was at a food court, so there were a variety of different kinds of foods. People were ordering Italian food such as pizza, all the way to Chinese food. Other kinds of foods included different kinds of barbeque, sandwiches, Japanese food, Mexican food, and Indian food. There were people sitting in groups and there were people that were just eating alone. While I was observing there were many conversations going on. As time went by I noticed that there were people putting Parmesan cheese on their pizza. Personally, I don’t like the additional cheese on my pizza, but some people really think that it makes it taste better. In addition, there were many people eating burgers and fries for their wonderful Friday lunch. They were enjoying their greasy burgers and oily fries with their fingers. There are so many different kinds of American foods that call for eating with your hands. I think that if us Americans were restricted from eating with our hands, it would be pretty silly eating burgers and fries with a fork and knife.

Another observation I made was watching how people ordered their food and how much they would pay for it. Now a days, restaurants make deals to make the food cheaper, so people will feel the obligation to go out and eat. These kinds of deals at restaurants are what help save people money because people who don’t have the money to go out, they think that these deals are cheap enough to go out. The logical thing would be for everybody to go for these deals because they are just simply cheaper. The cheaper the better. There were many tables where the people got a bigger and more expensive plate but just split it up between two people. There were also other people who got the bigger portion and took the leftovers home, and I’m assuming that they would eat it later for a different meal. Which would save them money also. But then there were those people who ordered a bunch of food, and only ate some of it and left it all there to waste. Those kinds of people obviously have money to waste, or they don’t really care on what they spend their money on.

With so many other observations to have, these two that I focused on were to fulfill my curious needs. My blog was filled with observations that ranged from observing the way people ate, to the way people grew their products. I believe that the unending conversation of food will always continue with various amounts of observations of food. These observations will include facts and opinions, which will keep the conversation never ending.

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Am I What I Eat?

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin says, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” After I read this quote over and over again all I could think of was, Am I what I eat? What an interesting question to ask myself. How do you know if you are what you eat? If I eat chipotle burritos, chick fil a sandwiches, and packaged salad, am I considered a person of fast food? Am I a fast food eater? But yet, I still have many home cooked meals that I long for everyday.

For my birthday, it is never the same thing. It is whatever I feel like, it could be fish tacos, pizza, Italian food, or a nice bowl of ramen. My birthday dinners are spontaneous to what I desire that day, or around that time. Honestly, I go through times where I only crave pizza, I don’t know why, it just happens. Does that make me a spontaneous person?

As I explored this question I found that this blog let me explore my boundaries in writing. I found what I enjoyed writing about and I found the types of writing I was stronger with and what I struggled with. I loved the fact that I was able to share some of my family background within the blog. I feel that it gives my readers a chance to get to know me and what my family is all about. I cannot believe that time has gone by so fast already, and that it was January when I wrote my first blog post.

Throughout the semester I did enjoy learning new things that came with the readings and observations. Reading to learn to improve my writing made me realize that you do not learn to write better by studying it. You learn to write better by writing more and more. The more you write, the more you get comfortable with yourself as a writer. That is when you learn who your audience is and what theme flows throughout your writing.

My favorite post is “The Oh-So Amazing Avocado. My project on avocados, let me explore the topic of one of my favorite foods and it made me express my feelings through writing. I loved learning more about the history and the different ways people ate and prepared them because it broadened my knowledge to a great extent. With my avocado research under my belt I now look at them differently, I savor them so much more now that I know all the hard work it takes to grow them.

As an actual writer, I know I have expanded my boundaries of how I can write. I realized that I have a very solid voice in my writing; I really did express my opinions in a very straightforward kind of way.

So, now that I am closing my blog, I can gladly say that I love this topic more than I did in the beginning. I loved writing in the form of blog posts, it made me feel that I can basically say what ever was on my mind. There was no structure like a research paper in psychology, or a book report in literature. I truly enjoyed writing freely with a topic that I love so much, food!

So, as I come to a close, let me ask again am I what I eat?

I am a writer who enjoys all and any kinds of food. I am not a picky eater, nor am I a picky writer. I am what I eat; I am anything and everything that comes to mind.