Hi, my name is Janine. This is a blog about making food and craft.
When it comes to making things, I don't do, I think. I have a craft “to do list” that has remained untouched for years, I live vicariously through countless food and craft blogs, Tastespotting or Foodgawker are constantly open on my computer as I work (as a graduate student) for cooking inspiration, and my Master’s thesis, on the relationship between making material things and making the human self, was itself an exercise in thinking about making.
I have come to realize that all this time spent thinking about making things may be better spent actually making them. And so, after much deliberation, I have decided to start a blog in the hopes that it will motivate me to do just that. Here, I will document my experiences with making things.
A word of warning: I am an amateur; I am not really a “maker” but I hope to become one. This blog will document that process.
On this blog you will find my adventures in making things – food and (hopefully) crafts. I am not an expert in these things but I believe that it is, in part, the of sharing of everyday experience that draws us to personal food and craft blogs, and I hope to create that here.
In my day job I am a PhD student who studies the politics and culture of food and theories of making and creativity.
In my approach to food I try to be flexible and moderate. I don’t always make the right choices, but I do my best. Ideals need to exist in the context of everyday life, and in everyday life eating ethically and healthily 100% of the time (unfortunately) requires a lot of knowledge, time, and money. Therefore, I don’t cut anything out of my diet completely, though I try not to eat a lot of meat, I am (no longer) a vegetarian, and I buy organic when my budget allows. I believe in the simple wisdom of Michael Pollan:
“Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants”