Let me gift you a subscription to Render: Feminist Food & Culture Quarterly

Readers and friends, you’ve probably seen my numerous tweets and shout-outs to Render: Feminist Food & Culture Quarterly. The site features a great blog that regularly features well-written pieces on the history, science, or just day-to-day experience of food, but thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter, there will also be beautifully designed and printed issues coming our way in the mail.

I contributed a short piece to the first volume and some money to the Kickstarter (can’t wait for my limited-edition apron to arrive), so I am twice eligible to receive print copies of the first year’s issues. I would like to donate one of these subscriptions to another food writer/scholar/aficionado who is excited to read content that centers women’s experiences of and contributions to food culture. If you’re interested, please enter a drawing of sorts in the comments!

To qualify, you must:

  • not already have a subscription to Render
  • be willing to email me your home address if you win
  • use the comments below to post or link to your favorite food-related poem, artwork, or other literary/artistic artifact
  • comment by 5pm EST Monday August 18th, 2014.

At that point, I’ll select a comment at random and email the commenter for contact info.

Please feel free to reblog or retweet!

ETA: Contest concluded! Thanks for reading.

4 responses to “Let me gift you a subscription to Render: Feminist Food & Culture Quarterly

  1. Hello Sara! I guess I must be so out of the loop, because I didn’t know that Render was going to print. Anyway, I’ve got tons of food-related links to send you, though most of them are books or scholarly articles. So instead, here’s Caren Alpert’s “Terra Cibus” series of food “landscapes” — you may already know it:

    I also love the illustrations (and recipes) over at They Draw and Cook.

    Lastly, do you know The Runcible Spoon? I suppose that it’s a more punk/DIY-inflected food publication.

    Have a nice weekend!

    • Thanks for posting, Charisma! I run into Runcible Spoon from time to time, but I’ve never seen Caren Alpert’s work before. I love a good close-up look at things.

  2. If I don’t win, I’m subscribing – Render looks fantastic.
    I’ve previously posted my favorite food-related text – Pinkwater’s description of Beanbender’s restaurant – so I’m going with my second favorite, which SHOULD be the whole of Capote’s “A Christmas Memory”, but that’s a lot of text. Since I really, REALLY like to sample as I cook, especially during a grueling, repetitive prep session, this feels right:

    Three hours later we are back in the kitchen hulling a heaping buggyload of windfall pecans. Our backs hurt from gathering them: how hard they were to find (the main crop having been shaken off the trees and sold by the orchard’s owners, who are not us) among the concealing leaves, the frosted, deceiving grass. Caarackle! A cheery crunch, scraps of miniature thunder sound as the shells collapse and the golden mound of sweet oily ivory meat mounts in the milk-glass bowl. Queenie begs to taste, and now and again my friend sneaks her a mite, though insisting we deprive ourselves. “We mustn’t, Buddy. If we start, we won’t stop. And there’s scarcely enough as there is. For thirty cakes.” The kitchen is growing dark. Dusk turns the window into a mirror: our reflections mingle with the rising moon as we work by the fireside in the firelight. At last, when the moon is quite high, we toss the final hull into the fire and, with joined sighs, watch it catch flame. The buggy is empty, the bowl is brimful.

    • I love it. Do you know that I’ve never read anything by Capote? But I really enjoyed the physicality of this passage. If only they had those little pecan-picker things that A. Schwab’s used to carry.

      And congrats, I hope you enjoy your subscription to Render!

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