I’m speaking with Fabio Parasecoli about his new book, Gastronativism: Food, Identity, Politics, at the Museum of the City of New York at a session chaired by Krishnendu Ray at 6:30 pm. Information is here and the ticketing link is here. This is a preview of the museum’s forthcoming exhibit, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate (opening September 16) and is co-presented by MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink).
Weekend reading: Food Banks and their Discontents
Graham Riches. Food Bank Nations: Poverty, Corporate Charity, and the Right to Food. Routledge, 2018.
I’m not sure how I missed this one when it came out. It’s really good.
It is a tough analysis of the politics of charitable food—the institutionalized use of corporate food waste to feed hungry people, largely in OECD countries but also in the U.S.
- The analysis is seen in chapter subtitles, for example:
- Corporate capture: hunger as a charitable business
- Shaming the hungry, regulating the poor
- The “dark side” of food banking
- The corporate food charity state
- Food, as a matter of human rights
The solution? Put rights and politics back into hunger. The book gives examples of how to do this.