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Food is essential to our sense of place and our sense of self, but today—as fast food nation meets the slow food movement and eating locally collides with on-demand arugula—our food habits are shifting. Food examines and imagines these changes, with projects by writers and artists that explore the cultural and emotional resonance of food, from the “everyday Dada” of mashed potatoes and Jell-O to the rocket science of food eaten by astronauts in space.

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Introduction to ‘Food’

By John Knechtel

This photograph was taken by my father, Kent Knechtel, in 1946 from the top of the Canada Starch Company corn silo at its plant in Cardinal, Ontario. Cardinal, which sits on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River downstream from Kingston, is close enough to New York State that one can walk right across the Canada-US border midriver when the ice is thick. My father’s camera looks down on two “canallers” (the Humberdoc and the Farrandoc, built in 1937 and 1929), ships designed to fit snugly through the tightest lock in the St. Lawrence canal system (No. 17 at Cornwall), which was completed in 1901 after two centuries of development.

Select features from ‘Food’

Global Tastes

By John Feffer
Photo by Stanislav Stankovic

Courtiers once collected special flavors for the famous banquets of the Roman emperors “in every...


What a City Could Taste Like

By Katie Rabinowicz and Andrea Winkler

Waves of immigration in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries brought itinerant European street vendors and...


Zwischenstadt 905

By Wayne Roberts
Image by Chris Thomaidis

When Roger Keil looks north from Toronto’s CN Tower, he sees more than just pavement...


Chinese American

By Mei Chin
Translation by Lei Bo

The Chinese are considered to have one of the greatest cuisines in the world. While...