June 10th 2017

More in this edition on appropriation or otherwise.  Hawaiian pizza inventor Sam Panopoulos dies aged 83 ‘Mr Panopoulos invented the 'pineapple' pizza with his two brothers after they emigrated to Canada from Greece in 1954.’ I confess to having had more than one in my past. But to our theme: is a Greek putting pineapple …

20 May 2017

  [Pic: Invasion of the Omega Fatty Acids 2015 52x42 cm paper collage, pencil, ink. Max Dingle] This edition of Compost has several articles I have come across in the last month that talk about the lack of diversity in food writing and dining. I haven’t put my usual commentary with them because I find the …

A tale of two picnics: a riff on Mary Douglas’ Deciphering a Meal

A tale of two picnics: A riff on Mary Douglas’ Deciphering a Meal. If she’d thought about it, Gertrude Stein might have written ‘A picnic is a picnic is a picnic’. But for the anthropologist Mary Douglas, a picnic, like a Tolstoyan family, is a picnic in its own way. In her 1972 article Deciphering …