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 March 22, 2018
slick recyclable bottles of space food

Rethinking Space Food

What does dinner look like while floating in space? This designer has created concept food packaging as part of an imagined space travel experience. The bottles and tubes are all fully recyclable, and provide a variety of cuisine for interplanetary voyages. 

I do wonder, however, what these would look like when targeted at say a Taiwanese, or a Congolese audience. There's an antiseptic quality that seems less than appetizing, judging only from the packaging.

See the Whole Project on Behance →
 
two women approach the survivalist's cabin, through his garden

Gardens After the Apocalypse

The future is a time of starvation. In a hidden part of the forest, a survivalist lives off a hidden plot of land. One day, two women show up looking for food and shelter, and his entire way of life is threatened.

The film takes place against the backdrop of a severe drop in the global population. The Survivalist is shown at his hidden cabin, harvesting vegetable crops for food. He forages for berries, lives off the forest, and lays traps against intruders around his small farm's perimeter.

The film is beautifully done, and tense, really tense. We joke darkly about the world ending, but often fail to imagine how people will live, and eat (and starve), after the collapse of society.


Watch the Trailer on YouTube →
 

Costal Geometries: the beauty of Chinese aquaculture

In Coastal Geometries, architect and photographer Tugo Cheng shows photographs of the fishing nets and bamboo poles on the coast of Fujian. It is a vanishing world, since this vital culture is threatened by rapid development.

There are some intense geometric patterns created by the aquaculture in Fujian province, south-east China, and Cheng captures the strange, minimalist landscape of bamboo poles, fishing nets and shellfish pens. I'm struck by how puny and insignificant the humans look, amidst all their watery infrastructure.
Photo by Tugo Cheng


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a photo of Michael W. Twitty in period clothing

The Cooking Gene

“The Cooking Gene” is a new book by Michael W. Twitty. It is a mix of the history of American slavery, a personal memoir, and even a detective story. A self-taught independent culinary historian, he writes about his travel through the American South, in a search for his own identity through food and family history. 

He explains how enslaved Africans set about to “cocreate a language based in the English of their captors that would make the absurdity of their exile bearable.” “Okra,” he writes, sprung from the word “okwuru” in the language of the Igbo people of Nigeria, and “yam” came from “nyambi” in Wolof, a language with roots in Senegal.


Read More about the Book and Author →
 

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Peace, and happy eating.

Senongo
 
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