Welcome to my blog chronicling my Fulbright academic year in Turkey. I’m a food anthropologist especially interested in Slow Food and whole-animal butchery.
Important disclaimer! I am not in any way associated with the US State Department, so these ramblings are my own. OR ARE THEY? (They are).
Ideally, I’ll be all over Turkey, but my main focus will be on the Slow Food city (“cittaslow”) of Seferihisar and the butchers of Istanbul. The Fulbright program has given me the freedom to explore all over the country, so I’m going to be a good little grantee and comb this huge land to the best of my ability. (Note: combing the land mostly involves eating all the food like some Turko-American locust with a thirst for raki). If you feel like getting your hands dirty with some good ol’ fashioned book learnin’, then feel free to read my proposal here.
I came to Turkey from Berkeley, CA, where I interned and worked at a whole-animal butcher shop and have soaked up priceless food knowledge and experiences from the birthplace of California Slow Food. I think good food (tremendously subjective, of course) is a fundamental human right. I think that eating meat is not “bad” or “good,” especially considering the fossil record and our primate omnivorous ancestry. I think that food too often becomes trapped in a false dichotomy of medicine/poison, fat/lean, acceptable/taboo.
My other loves are soccer, beer, television, and using an old steak knife to scratch this one spot on the bottom of my left foot. (I call it “foot knife,” and the handle is labeled with an “F” so that it doesn’t inadvertently get mixed back into the steak knife gen-pop).