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Food, like language, is an excellent entry into another culture. Come hungry!

Knowing stories of the food on your plate adds to the pleasures of eating and connects you to the world. Here we pay attention to food events around the world, catch up on the new lingo and ask for your pictures of good food.

Foodies play a critical role in promoting responsible travel, ecotourism, conscious travel and the local travel movement. Choosing what we eat and where we eat goes a long way in cultivating communities and improving the health of travelers and locals alike.

We're asking our friends and readers to have a good think about cultivating communities - local and global - focused on food, health and merriment, the global craic.


4 de julio de 2017. Proyecto de patrimonización de la gastronomía en México

Seminario "Cocinas en México, procesos biosociales, históricos y reproducción cultural" Programa 2017 Tema: Proyecto de patrimonización de la gastronomía en México y las cocinas tradicionales Ponente: Sol Rubín de la Borbolla

Wiki foods



Slow food
Food Tips for Travelers

Regional cuisines

Ecuador food
New Zealand food
Mexico food

Translating: Want to come over for dinner?
Spanish: ¿Quieres venir a cenar?

Translating: Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul. - Dorothy Day
Spanish: Alimento para el cuerpo no es suficiente. Tiene que ser el alimento del alma.

Recommended Viewing

Food Network

The Kitchen


'You Are What You Eat': The Ethics of Food, the Care of the Self, the Companionship of Others - @ABCReligion
The Rise of Food Sharing Experiences at Meetings and Events - Skift
Prawns, The Guardian, and a Small Rant - @AnnieLevy121
Culinary Tourism: Exploring Local Culture through Food
Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience
The backbone of the flavor network
Why You Like What You Like
Golden rice is no silver bullet: hunger needs a political solution
Can food make Responsible Travel irresponsible? - @ThisTourismWeek
Lady at the unRestaurant in London
Confronting corporate power in the food system

Urban Agriculture

urban agriculture

October 16 World Food Day
Día Mundial de la Alimentación

Climate is changing. Agriculture must change too. Today is ⚡️ “World Food Day”

Translating: Feeding the world, caring for the earth
Spanish: Alimentar al mundo, cuidar el planeta

October 16 is World Food Day @FAOWFD

Food Manifestos

Contemplating a new food pyramid, how could our food stories address the following connections:

Sharing Stories from the Food Pyramid @ronmader


Beyond Menu
Big Oven
Food Spotting



Food and equality


World Food Pool

Buzzword Bingo

achacha - aftertaste - agriculture - a la carte - all you can eat - allergy - antioxidant - appellation d'origine contrôlée - appetite - appetizer - artificial - artisan - bakery - banquet - beer - biodynamic agriculture - biomagnification - breakfast - brunch - buffet - bulk - butcher - cake - carnivore - carrotmob - cash bar (no host bar) - cereal - champagne - charcuterie - chef - cheese - chewing - chocolate - cocktails - chutney - cocktails - coffee - cold cuts - comelón - comfort food - community supported agriculture - compost - convenience - cook - corn - cottage food - craving - curry - degustación - delicatessen - dessert - dinner - drink - eat - egg - encuentro culinarios - entree - essen - family style - fast food - fasting - feast - fika - fire - first bite - fish - flavor - flight - food - foodoir - food cart - food desert - food porn - food miles - food pairings - food security - food shed - food sovereignty - food stylist - food truck - foodprint - free range - fresh - fufu - fusion - garden - gastronomy - gluten - glycaemic index - gourmet - graze - grill - guilt free - gluttony - handcrafted - handmade - hassle free - health - herbs - hole in the wall - homemade - homestyle - hunger - ice - imitation - infusion - ingredients - juicy - kale - kambucha - kitchen - knytkalas - kosher - label - lekker - local - localvore - lunch - maiz - meal - menu - mezcal - mindful eating - mouthfeel - natural - nourish - nutrition - obesity - organic - palate - party - pasta - paleo - pastry - phosphorus - pizza - pizza stone - placemat - plate - pleasure - portion - portion control - potluck - price - probiotic - produce - protein - provenance - pulses - pure - quality - quinoa - quorm - raw - recycling - reduced guilt - rice - root cellar - salt - sample - savoriness - seasonality - seasoning - seeds - self-serve - serving - shared plate - side dish - signature - sitopia - soil - slow food - sommelier - special - spice - spicy - stomach - street food - supermarket - supertaster - supper - sweet - sweet tooth - table - table settings - tart - taste - taste buds - tasting - tasting menu - tofu - tongue - top shelf - traditional - transfat - umami - use by date - vanilla - vegan - vegetarian - vending machine - vitamin - wheat - whole - wild food - wine - wooden spoon - world food day

More lingo lessons

Compost Cuisine

Compost Cuisine = Preparing food from materials that otherwise would be thrown out.

Foodshed is an area where food is grown and eaten. In concept this is similar to that of a watershed.; The size of the foodshed varies depending on the availability of year-round foods and the variety of foods grown and processed. "The term 'foodshed' thus becomes a unifying and organizing metaphor for conceptual development that starts from a premise of the unity of place and people, of nature and society." Wikipedia

Food porn is a provocative term variously applied to a spectacular visual presentation of cooking or eating in advertisements, infomercials, cooking shows - Wikipedia

Food Insecure
Today 1 billion people are what's called "food insecure" - meaning they don't have enough food or easy or reliable access to food.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects improve the quality and quantity of food available locally while reducing the environmental impact of producing this food.

What is a potluck? A potluck is an event where a group gathers for a meal, and everyone brings one dish to share with the group.

Mixed Dozen -

Table Settings / Tableware
The latest thing chefs are willing to spend big bucks on to impress diners

Translating: Foodie

Comelón (Spanish, Mexico)

Translating ... Food Carts

Pie Cart (New Zealand)
Puesto (Mexico)


English: Feast or Famine
Spanish: Hamburna o Abundancia

Translating: Aftertaste

Spanish: Resabio


Recommended listening

The Chili Powder Cheat: A Tex-Mex Story - Southern Foodways - @ryangordonkatz @potlikker
related: texas, authenticity, fascist culinarians (!)

Say that again - tales of noisy nosh - So many of our modern eateries are built with reflective surfaces, floor included. So when a place heats up the last thing you can hear is the person sitting across the table.

Catching Fire: how cooking made us human - The national obsession with TV cooking shows might not seem like the high point of human endeavour, but in fact they represent the most important shift in human evolution: our desire to eat cooked food. Primatologist Richard Wrangham argues we got our big brains -- and evolved into humans -- only after we figured out how to use fire to cook our food. If we couldn't cook, he says, we'd still be in the trees.

Substantial energy difference between raw food, cooked food and processed food
Eating raw food may cost you between 15% and 35% more in energy to digest.

Food on Friday - ABC
Food Programme - BBC

Catching Fire: how cooking made us human, food, glorious food, The end of fish, Community Supported Agriculture , Food & Travel, Savouring the Local , Flavours when you Travel , Food provinance (New Zealand)



Food - Ron Mader
Sámi Food

Local Food and Travel Photo Sharing
Among the highlights are features about local food, slow food, food miles and wild food. We also are conducting the popular World Food Photography Group.

Flickr Groups

World Food
World Markets
Sustainable tea, coffee and chocolate

More Flickr Groups: Foodista, Healthy Food & Community, Local is Beautiful - Growing & Eating Local Food, Edible Gardening, Sprig, Organic Gardeners, Légumes et Fruits du monde, Mexican food, I ate this, Sustainable tea, coffee and chocolate and Culinary Tourism

Games: I'd eat that!

Kudos to Melissa Biggs for coming up with this game. Take a look at the Flickr pics in the World Food Group and figure out which photos would go into the following categories:
  • I would eat that
  • You can eat that, but I won't.
  • No one should eat that



How Food Shapes Our Lives. Carolyn Steel
At the State of Design Festival 2011, Carolyn Steel's keynote address highlights how feeding cities arguably has a greater social and physical impact on the planet and us than anything else we do. Even as extreme weather and oil prices send the cost of food soaring, fast food and supermarket price wars mean produce is being valued at unsustainably low levels. Steel discusses how cities can be designed more productively and to address food security, accessibility, production, consumption and distribution.

The guerrilla gardener's seedbomb recipe - For those hard to reach public spaces, the guerrilla gardener has a weapon: seedbombs. Richard Reynolds shows how to make them at home - and how to use them

Facebook Question: When you are traveling, how willing are you to try local food and drink?

Blogs - - @BBQAdventures
Foodie List
How to shuck an oyster
Menu in Progress
Mexico Cooks Blog
DrVino Wine Blog -

Other Forums

Chow Hound
Get Stuffed - Thorn Tree


Local Flavor


Twitter Lists



Food, Health and Cultivating Communities


Latin American Cooking (Cocina Latina)
The Culinary Institute of America

Elsewhere on the web
7 Great Tips how to discover the best local food and produce when you travel
Your Meat is Green - Chowhound
International Day for Biological Diversity- CBD
Eating close to home: The localvore challenge - ABC
Mexico City: Slow Food Tamalada and Mescal Tasting - Menu in Progress
The Old Foodie
Edible Austin
Organic Europe
Indian tea tourism helps spread Darjeeling aroma
Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat/TED
Eating the Earth -
Ask Pablo: Food Miles
How to End the Global Food Shortage - Jeffrey Sachs/Time
Local food 'greener than organic' - BBC
Observer Food Monthly
Tim Lang: The man who invented food miles
Field and Feast
Food Production - Byron Shire (Australia)
Green Tucker
James Beard Foundation
International Year of the Potato 2008
Study of Food and Society
Taste Festivals (UK)
Food for the Parks (The Institute at the Golden Gate’s Food for the Parks initiative aims to expand the availability of nutritious, local, and sustainable fresh food to park visitors across the U.S. and beyond)

It's easy to get over the hypocrisy of having travelled 11,400 kilometers to 'eat locally' when tucking into the tastiest heirloom tomatoes with home-pickled veg. When the view through a darkening restaurant window shows golden vineyards backed by an unspoilt mountain range, it's simple to forget that your size-12 carbon footprint has stomped straight through the "eat local, think global" ethos. - A taste for Canada - Sunday Star Times

More Food News

Recent Events

Terra Madre 2008
Salone del Gusto

ASEAN Food Security: The Role of the Private Sector

Singapore June 16-18 - ASEAN hosts a conference bringing together government officials and the private sector to explore how they can collaborate and cooperate on food security.
Follow regular news updates from the event!
Contribute to the outcomes!

World Food Prize

THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE is the foremost international honor recognizing -- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs -- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
The $250,000 annual award recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply including, but not limited to: plant, animal and soil science; food science and technology; nutrition; rural development; marketing; food processing and packaging; water and the environment; natural resource conservation; physical infrastructure; transportation, storage and distribution; special or extraordinary feeding programs; social organization and poverty elimination; economics and finance; policy analysis; and public advocacy.
The World Food Prize emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security and to what can be accomplished in the future.
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in global agriculture, envisioned a prize that would honor those who have made significant and measurable contributions to improving the world's food supply. Beyond recognizing these people for their personal accomplishments, Borlaug saw The Prize as a means of establishing role models who would inspire others. His vision was realized when The World Food Prize was created in 1986 with sponsorship by General Foods Corporation.
Since then, the World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food throughout the world. Laureates have been recognized from countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cape Verde, China, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Israel, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Uganda, United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States.
The name of the new Laureate(s) is/are made public in a special ceremony each spring at the US State Department in Washington DC, with the Secretary of State presiding. The first Laureate Announcement Ceremony was held in 2004 with Secretary Colin Powell presiding.
The Prize is presented each October on or around UN World Food Day (October 16) in a pomp-filled ceremony in the magnificent Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. In addition to the cash award, the Laureate receives a sculpture designed by the noted artist and designer, Saul Bass.
The World Food Prize has become a week-long set of events drawing over 1,000 participants from over 50 countries. In addition to the Laureate Award Ceremony, the World Food Prize series of events include the: Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium; Global Youth Institute for high school students; Iowa Hunger Summit; Laureate Lecture Series; and presentation of the Dr. Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation.
The World Food Prize was initially sponsored by businessman and philanthropist John Ruan Sr. with support from the Governor and State Legislature of Iowa. Mr. Ruan stepped forward to endow The Prize and relocate it to Des Moines in 1990 when its first sponsor withdrew. Without Mr. Ruan's generosity, the Prize and Dr. Borlaug's vision could not have continued. Today, there are over 80 companies, foundations and individuals who are donors to the Foundation. In 2001 John Ruan's son, John Ruan III, succeeded his father as chairman of the World Food Prize. The Foundation's president is Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn. A distinguished international Council of Advisors provides guidance and support.

Public Food Maps

Fallen Fruit: A Mapping of Food Resources in Los Angeles
Feral Fruit Melbourne
Mapping Tucson's Fruit Trees

Spotlight: Ripe Near Me

Cottage Food

Organic Food
The great organic myths: Why organic foods are an indulgence the world can't afford
They're not healthier or better for the environment – and they're packed with pesticides. In an age of climate change and shortages, these foods are an indulgence the world can't afford, argues environmental expert Rob Johnston

The great organic myths rebutted

Biodynamic Agriculture
The myth of biodynamic agriculture (PDF)


The theme for 2008's International Day for Biological Diversity (May 22) connected biodiversity and agriculture. The celebration seeks to highlight sustainable agriculture as a way of protecting biodiversity and feeding the world. According to the CBD, agricultural output has increased over 160% since the 1960s, while the world’s population has more then doubled. Farmers and agricultural producers have done a great job of meeting the challenge of feeding the world, reducing poverty and in many cases contribute to sustaining biodiversity. However, tradeoffs in food production have degraded other ecosystem services.

Climate Change

Look at linkages between food production and climate change. Item. Rodale Institute research shows that organically managed soils can store (sequester) more than 1,000 pounds of carbon per acre, while non-organic systems can cause carbon loss. (Source)

Policy Brief: Anchoring Agriculture within a Copenhagen Agreement (PDF)

Farmers' Markets

Consumers are increasingly interested in learning where their food comes from and knowing the farmers who grow it.
Shopping at farmers' markets is an opportunity to directly support farmers and producers. -

Food Miles

As consumers around the world become aware of the carbon footprint of their travels and purchases, a new term has appeared. Introducing food miles which track the journey food takes from the farm to the table along with the carbon emissions that are created. Increasingly in Europe labels on food items show food miles. The concept is not without debate.

GM Food

Local Food

Regulations and consumer demand are encouraging producers and restaurants to collaborate to track the route from paddock to plate and encouraging local food.

Indigenous Food Festival, Teotitlan, Mexico (07.2008)Mexico

The dialogue began at the 2008 Rural Tourism Fair in Oaxaca City, Mexico. With its deep indigenous roots, Mexico has one of the premiere cuisines in the world, noted for its diversity, medicinal traditions and innovative culinary techniques. Throughout 2008 will be updating a number of features that provide background for visitors to the country's traditional markets and those interested in the growing slow food movement.

The tastiest event of the year could well be the celebration of indigenous cuisine that takes place in Teotitlán del Valle in July 2008



What recommendations should travelers be given on choosing food in terms of ethical consequences?
What tips should travelers be given for eating in an ethical manner?
Language question - How are the words 'foodie' and 'food miles' translated in other languages?
Do locals make the correct assumptions about what food travelers want?


Stone Soup (Caldo de Piedra)


Mexican Culinary Traditions
Platicando y Cocinando en Español

Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner.


March National Vegetarian Week -

Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not (IMechE Global Food Report) @IMechE

Recommended Reading

Global Food: Waste Note, Want Not, Feeding the 9 Billion: The tragedy of waste
Rising population combined with improved nutrition standards and shifting dietary preferences will exert pressure for increases in global food supply. Engineers, scientists and agriculturalists have the knowledge, tools and systems that will assist in achieving productivity increases. However, pressure will grow on finite resources of land, energy and water. The potential to provide 60–100% more food by simply eliminating losses, while simultaneously freeing up land, energy and water resources for other uses, is an opportunity that should not be ignored. In order to begin tackling the challenge, the Institution recommends that:
1. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) works with the international engineering community to ensure governments of developed nations put in place programmes that transfer engineering knowledge, design know-how, and suitable technology to newly developing countries. This will help improve produce handling in the harvest, and immediate post-harvest stages of food production.
2. Governments of rapidly developing countries incorporate waste minimisation thinking into the transport infrastructure and storage facilities currently being planned, engineered and built.
3. Governments in developed nations devise and implement policy that changes consumer expectations. These should discourage retailers from wasteful practices that lead to the rejection of food on the basis of cosmetic characteristics, and losses in the home due to excessive purchasing by consumers.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World raises awareness about global hunger issues, discusses underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition and monitors progress towards hunger reduction targets. More info on the FAO website.


One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
- Virginia Woolf

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
- Henny Youngman

Each gorilla has its own voice: you can really tell who’s singing, and if it’s their favourite food, they sing louder.
Ali Vella-Irving, who looks after gorillas at Toronto Zoo in Canada, says humming and singing is a frequent part of mealtimes, cited in Wild gorillas compose happy songs that they hum during meals - New Scientist

You eat with your eyes first.
- Popular saying

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
- Hippocrates

Real local food supports the local economy; as the New Economics Foundation found, every £10 spent on food from local businesses generates £25 for the local economy, compared with £14 for every £10 spent in non-local food businesses. A shorter traceability line from field to fork is not reliant on air and shipping freight, so it increases food security.
- Can we believe labels that claim food is 'local'?

We're eating the planet.
- Jason Clay, Economics, Behavior and Biodiversity Loss: Sustainability as a Pre-competitive Issue

Question - Isn't it about time for the ministries of food and health to share the same office?
Andrew Campbell: I doubt if there is an interdepartmental committee in which agricultural and health get together on a regular basis. They're not seen as ships in the same ocean let alone as part of an integrated system. We don't have the information systems and other tools in a coherent policy.
Bush Telegraph,
Paddock to Plate: Food, Farming & Victoria's Progress to Sustainability (PDF)

Public gardens, too, are responding to the demand for knowledge. At Auckland’s Botanic Gardens, for example, staff have just planted the first of a six-stage redevelopment of its edible garden because visitors say they want to see more vegetables.
- Maggie Barry, Natural born gardners

We have built our education systems on the model of fast food. This is something Jamie Oliver talked about the other day. You know there are two models of quality assurance in catering. One is fast food, where everything is standardized. The other are things like Zagat and Michelin restaurants, where everything is not standardized, they're customized to local circumstances. And we have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education. And it's impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.
Ken Richardson, Bring on the learning revolution

Our focus is all about social and cultural, not just plain economics ... The market out there doesn't just want a mass produced product, but they want the story behind the product. They want to know there are gains to indigenous people from where it comes.
- Pat Torres, wild harvest businesswoman based in Broome, The future of bush food, detail

Der Mensch ist, was er ißt. (you are what you eat)
- German proverb

Kissin’ wears out, cooking don’t.
- Pennsylvania Dutch proverb

Grow pears for your heirs.
- Popular saying

Local food is about the future. By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful and abundant food.
- Bill McKibben

Michael Polan
Food Rules for Healthy People and Planet June 2010
Award-winning food writer Michael Pollan shows how we can become more mindful of what we eat, and how we can make food choices that are better for ourselves and our environment. #rsapollan

Recent Events

Food provenance for the provinces - NZTRIProvenenacePreso.ppt - Greig Buckley 25 June 2010.mp3

June 2011 Dublin, Ireland: Sustainable Tourism + Local Food Enterprise

Who's Who

Slow Food UK works to ensure good, clean and fair food is a right for everyone. By good, clean and fair we mean that food should taste good, that it should be produced in a clean way which fully respects the environment, human health and animal welfare, and that food producers are paid a fair wage.

Fortune Cookies


World Food Day (2011)

Food Prices (World Food Day 2011)
Precios de los Alimentos (Dia Mundial de la Alimentacion 2011)
Preise für Lebensmittel: Von der Krise zu Stabilität (Welternährungstag 2011)
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Oct 17-18 Español Desde el Hotel Sevilla Palace (Mexico DF), se transmitirá el Foro Internacional sobre Seguridad Alimentaria y Volatilidad de los Precios de los Alimentos: panorama, perspectivas y recomendaciones.

Watch live streaming video from cinumexico at

October 16 is World Food Day @FAOnews @FAOWFD


Nearly 1/5 of all greenhouse gas is generated by livestock production, more than transportation.


World Food Programme

The Kitchen

Artwork / Cue Yourself

It's not just what you eat, it's who prepares the food

Buzzword Bingo: Sitopia = food-place, as opposed to utopia (‘good place’, or ‘no place’) @carolynsteel

World Food on PicLens


Kai Give it a Go (version 6)
2010 calendar (red)