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The Anthropology of Food

LDS Living featured an article called International Cookie Plate yesterday with recipes gathered from Church members around the world, and I thought it would be fun for a few of us in the office to test these recipes. I was excited to try out this delicious-sounding recipe from far, far away, but my finished product of cookies tasted, well, foreign. This isn’t meant as an insult because they were still good, but they didn’t taste like the cookies we sugar-loving Americans love. I then came to realize something—I am a food snob!

But it’s not just me. Have you noticed how obsessed with food our culture is becoming? Every other person I know is a self-proclaimed “foodie,” and I’m no exception. In fact, my family and I have even invented a game called “Food Gawker”—named after our favorite food blog—where we pick our favorite dish out of the pictures featured. And we play for hours.

I recently read that BYU is introducing a new class on the anthropology of food and culture. What?! No fair! Can I please audit this class? I feel like if this class was offered as a supplement to Enrichment, attendance would go up. I don’t know what it is about Mormons and food, but we sure go well together. After all, isn’t our culture associated with food? Can you say green Jell-O and funeral potatoes?

It seems like a new food blog by a Mormon mom is popping up every other day on the internet (and bless them for it—I could not survive without their recipes). I love that these ladies are taking “homemaking” skills and turning them into a successful business. For example, LDS Living just featured two Mormon moms and the creators of the food blog Our Best Bites because they won a national food cook-off in a Better Homes and Gardens contest. Amazing! If only I could get paid to cook and eat food!

You don't have to be a foodie to enjoy food. Here are a few of my favorite recipe websites. Just don’t spend as much time drooling over the pictures as I do. :)

*All-time favorite: Foodgawker.com
*Mormon bloggers: Ourbestbites.com
*Old-fashion yumminess: Cheekykitchen.com
*Vegetarian: Lesliesarna.com

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