10 March, 2016
American Foodie by Dwight FurrowComments : 1 Posted in : Announcements, Product Reviews on by : The Gourmez
I don’t often recommend books without having read them, but from the sounds of this press release, I think those of us in the food and drink blogging world will appreciate American Foodie: Taste, Art and the Cultural Revolution by Dwight Furrow. Released by Rowman & Littlefield, American Foodie is Furrow’s treatise on the value of food and drink aesthetics to modern Americans, from the celebrity chef to the humble (or not so) food blogger. There’s no question that the social media and digital photography eras have exploded foodie culture. We analyze our daily meals well beyond their simple nutritional values, and in doing so, partake in a pleasurable hobby that brings me enjoyment far beyond what I get from staring at a piece of artwork on the wall — yes, I just admitted to being more moved by a moonshine cocktail than the “Mona Lisa,” and I’m not ashamed of it. Rather, I embrace my passions and dedicate my spare time to documenting whatever crosses my palate worth noting. Usually with a picture as well as words.
As the Publishers’ Weekly review puts it, “In chapters about reading a meal, the beauty of a tuna casserole, and the future of taste, Furrow argues that the foodie craze is in revolt against ‘a life that has become bureaucratic and digitized.’ In the end, Furrow makes a case for the taste revolution in a text.” As a fellow blogger, Furrow is qualified to make that case, but even more so because he is a professor of philosophy of food and wine, aesthetics, and ethics at San Diego Mesa College. He is also a certified wine specialist with certification from the Society of Wine Educators and an advanced level certification from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust. He deeply understands the implications of taking the time to savor from many different angles. In his own words,
“The philosophy of food explores the nature and meaning of food—the ethical, political, and aesthetic dimensions of what we eat and drink. To eat philosophically is to break out of the trance of habit that most of us fall into when we eat and to bring more conscious awareness to our food choices. How we refine desires and pleasures and attend to their balance and harmony is a crucial topic for us today. Food is our most basic material need and it ties together a vast number of issues from environmental concerns to the nature of human happiness. It is a fascinating window into the self, but also into the world in which we live.”
You can order American Foodie right here:
Also, take the time to peruse Furrow’s writing about food, drink, and how to mindfully consume it at his blog, Edible Arts.