Peeking into your kitchen
Thursday, April 2, 2009 | 03:01 PM ET
by Andree Lau, CBCnews.ca
Some people like to snoop in other people's medicine cabinets; I like to peek in friends' kitchens and cupboards. How do they organize their spices? Do they also occasionally indulge in party-size bags of salt and pepper chips? These are all things that fascinate me.
A research blog encourages food bloggers to post photos of where they store food at home. (Andree Lau/CBC)
A master's student at the University of Cambridge is studying just that as part of a wider look at food, blogging and values.
By surveying food bloggers, sociologist caitlin m. boston (that's how she signs her name) is looking at how people assign and cultivate social values, relationships and identities around food.
I'm gratified to see most people's fridges are just as haphazard as mine. However, many have much neater cupboards.
If you're a food blogger, you might be interested in participating in her 15-question online survey.
"As food bloggers, you all have something to say about food and you've made the choice to share it with others, leaving me to ask these (along with some other questions): why?" she says.
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From trends and culture to politics and nutrition, Food Bytes serves up tasty tidbits about food and the issues surrounding it that flavour our everyday lives.
About the writers
Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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