Serving Up: Essays on food, identity and culture

By Zoe Adjonyoh

A new and vital food-inspired anthology examining the politics behind what we eat.

Food & drink | Politics
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Serving Up: Essays on food, identity and culture is a new and vital anthology, exploring the intersections between the personal and the political when it comes to food.

Edited by renowned chef, author, activist and public speaker, Zoe Adjonyoh, this collection will feature established and emerging food writers from around the globe sharing their experiences of cooking and eating in their daily lives, with a foreword from award-winning author, broadcaster and campaigner, Yasmin Khan.

In this book, Yoshivel Elise Chrinos will explore the treatment of food and the act of eating in films in 'Un Asiento En La Mesa: Musings on Food and Appropriation in Cinema',while Reem Assil will write about finding homeland food when homeland is denied. Arianne "A E" Persaud will share how cooking Seven Curry with their mother helped them reconcile their queer and cultural identities, and Hassel Aviles will present her insight into 'Psychological Safety in Culture and Hospitality'.

Lee Tran Lam urges us to consider if Anthony Bourdain was wrong about vegan food, while Ashia Aubourg investigates why Black vendors are dramatically underrepresented at farmer's markets. Krystal Mack's essay will draw parallels between food design and art, and Preeti Mistry is contributing 'The Tryanny of Brunoise Shallots: Flavour vs Technique.' We also have Abigail Koffler, Andrew Janjigian, Apoorva Sripathi, Ashtin Berry, Cynthia Greenlee, Dorothy Porker, Fatima Tarkleman, Izzie Ramirez, Kevin Vaughn, Lenore Adkins, Mavis-Jay Sanders, Nicola Miller, Riana Lynn, Scott Alves Barton, Selasie Dotse, Tambra Raye Stevenson, and Thérèse Nelson contributing their essays to this collection. 

Serving Up is an anthology designed to raise urgent questions about perceptions and prejudice by offering new insights into how and why we need to decolonise our diets by platforming underrepresented voices in the industry. 

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    Zoe Adjonyoh

    Zoe Adjonyoh is a chef, writer, entrepreneur and founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Zoe has been pioneering modern West African food in the forms of supper clubs (London, Berlin, New York, Accra, Wales), her own restaurant in Brixton, pop-ups, street food and events since 2010. In 2017 she released her debut cookbook - Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, which is now set to be republished and released in the US, Fall 2021.


    Zoe’s mission as always been to bring the great flavours of West Africa to a wider audience and this has been acknowledged through great positive press and publicity for our food and concept, being named as one of 'London’s hottest chefs' by Time Out and being named one of 'The 44 Best Female Chefs' by Hachette Cuisine France. She was honored at the James Beard Foundation In New York and given the Iconoclast Award in 2018 and in February 2019, she was invited to speak at TEDXOxford about Food: Its Importance to Cultural Stepping Stones of Understanding & Exchange.


    At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoe converted her entire catering operation into a community kitchen to feed those most impacted by the pandemic (including the NHS staff) in her East London community of Hackney - serving 500 meals per week out of her home. In April 2020, Zoe launched Black Book Global, a representation agency and platform for POC in the food industry. Zoe has just released her new podcast ‘Cooking Up Consciousness’ and is currently launching a new business ‘Zoe’s Spice House’ which is set to debut in 2022. Most recently, Zoe has joined the board at ‘The New American Table’


    You can pre-order the latest edition of Zoe's cookbook here: http://bit.ly/zoesghanakitchenus, and also find Zoe and her various projects on social media: @zoeadjonyoh, @ghanakitchen, @blackbook_2020.
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    15th March 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Riana Lynn!

    Introducing Riana Lynn - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Food Innovation and the inclusivity economy: Solving food with technology from Silicon Valley to Africa'

    Synopsis: A look at how Africa and technology will shape the futue of food.

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    14th March 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Yoshivel Elise Chirinos!

    Introducing Yoshivel Elise Chirinos - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Un Asiento En La Mesa: Musings on Food and Appropriation in Cinema'

    Synopsis: An essay on food and cultural appropriation in cinema. It would explore the depiction and treatment of food and the act of eating in films such as Chef, Tortilla Soup, Beatriz at Dinner…

    11th March 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Thérèse Nelson!

    Introducing Thérèse Nelson - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Starving at a Full Table. An essay interrogating the sacrifices I’ve made to work as a chef and the lessons I’ve learned that saved my life.'

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    9th March 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Tambra Raye Stevenson!

    Introducing Tambra Raye Stevenson- one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Serving up Sisterhood: The Power of Food, Feminism, and Forks'

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    4th March 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Selasie Dotse!

    Introducing Selasie Dotse - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Black spaces are sanctuary from an industry that refuses to change'

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    2nd March 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Scott Alves Barton!

    Introducing Scott Alves Barton - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Eatplaces: Two Tables Talk of Yesterdays'

    Synopsis: My family nuclear family integrated a community just after I was born. They fought to move the neighbors and city hall to move in. Only a few people would sell to a Black family. I grew up in the pink house on the hill…

    28th February 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Reem Assil!

    Introducing Reem Assil - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Makloubeh: The food of our nation without a nation state'

    Synopsis: Exploring homeland food when homeland is denied. Irony of the Palestinian experience. Every makloubeh is different but unites every Palestinian.

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    24th February 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Preeti Mistry!

    Introducing Preeti Mistry - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'The Tyranny of Brunoise Shallots; Flavor v Technique'

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    21st February 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Nicola Miller!

    Introducing Nicola Miller - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Culinary Genealogy: how to nurture a recipe's family tree'

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    17th February 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Mavis-Jay Sanders!

    Introducing Mavis-Jay Sanders - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Whispers of trade aside the group chat'

    Synopsis: Can any leader be without reproach? A personal exploration of the compromises and casualties experienced by intersectional identifying humans on the road to influence. Questioning complicity and ignorance of community in…

    14th February 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Lenore Adkins!

    Introducing Lenore Adkins - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Cultural appropration in the restaurant industry'

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    10th February 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Lee Tran Lam!

    Introducing Lee Tran Lam - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Was Anthony Bourdain wrong about vegan food?'

    Synopsis:"Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter-faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn." Bourdain famously dismissed non-meat-eaters for being killjoys with weak immune systems, and being…

    7th February 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Krystal Mack!

    Introducing Krystal Mack - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Food Design & Art: Embracing Social Practices and Identities Beyond Hospitality'

    Synopsis: I share the process of creating a food career outside of the confines of hospitality, using ancestral wisdom as my guide in my practice as a food designer and social practice artist. What…

    3rd February 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Cynthia Greenlee!

    Introducing Cynthia Greenlee - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'Some days, I am charcuterie. Some days, I am hot dogs.'

    Synopsis: By some trick of professionalism and class mobility, I have found myself as a "food writer" — though I don't define myself that way (rather, I'm a historian and journalist who writes about Black culture and…

    31st January 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Kevin Vaughn!

    Introducing Kevin Vaughn - one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

    Title: 'On the contradictions of food insecurity in one of the world's largest agricultural producers.' 

    Synopsis: Much of Argentina's economy is built around extractive agricultural exports while nearly 40-50% of the country lives under the poverty line and struggles to put food on…

    27th January 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Izzie Ramirez!

    Introducing Izzie Ramirez one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

    Title: 'The Food Talent Pipeline: What it means to develop and train young people in food media' 

    Synopsis: Food media is notorious for being too white, male, and cis — a reflection of the very people who hold institutional and structural power. But what does it mean to shift that structure…

    24th January 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Hassel Aviles

    Introducing Hassel Aviles one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

    Title: 'Psychological safety in culture and hospitality'

    Synopsis: Learning how to operate against cultural and hospitality workplace norms to improve mental health. A personal story on moving from stigma and intergenerational trauma to developing a practice of seeking and accepting…

    21st January 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Fatima Tarkleman!

    Introducing Fatima Tarkleman one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

    Title: '"It's too spicy", and other such bulls**t; disrupting inequalities in hospitality and food publishing'

    Synopsis: Coming from a healthcare background where care and collaboration are at the centre of its ethos, the unregulated world of hospitality was a gigantic culture shock…

    19th January 2022 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Dorothy Porker!

    Introducing Dorothy Porker one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

    Title: 'Cooking within bounds'

    Synopsis: Dealing with chronic health issues I wasn't even a part of the foodscape until a few years ago, when I found food photography as a good secondary creative outlet to my cooking. From working fulltime and then some for years, to not being able…

    22nd December 2021 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Ashtin Berry!

    Introducing Ashtin Berry, one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

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    Title: 'Wealth management - how empires are built by the glass'

    Synopsis: An investigation around how liquor was a major tool of colonization and how policies were built to make the beverage industry a wealth building industry exclusively for colonizers.

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    21st December 2021 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Ashia Aubourg!

    Introducing Ashia Aubourg, one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

    Title: 'Welcomed to an extent: a Black woman’s journey participating as a vendor at a farmer’s market’

    Synopsis: Black vendors are dramatically underrepresented at farmer’s markets. While statistics are difficult to find to back up this claim, one can go to their neighborhood market…

    20th December 2021 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Andrew Janjigian!

    Introducing Andrew Janjigian, one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

    Title: 'Genocide as cultural appropriation: a rumination; investigating the foods of your homeland when that homeland is denied'  

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    17th December 2021 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Abigail Koffler!

    Introducing Abigail Koffler, one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

    Title: 'Hamantaschen and the experience of being mocked in the paper of record for commenting on a disparing recipe' 

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    16th December 2021 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Arianne "A E" Persaud!

    Introducing Arianne “A E” Persaud, one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders! 

    Title: 'On Pride and Shame: how cooking Seven Curry with my mother helped me reconcile my queer and cultural identities' 

    Synopsis: As a mixed-race Guyanese person who is also gender non-conforming, holding multiple marginalized identities can be daunting, especially when these…

    15th December 2021 Contributor Spotlight: Introducing Apoorva Sripathi!

    Introducing Apoorva Sripathi, one of our amazing contributors for the #ServingUp #crowdfunder w/ @unbounders!

    Title: 'On inheritances in food and identity' 

    Synopsis: Growing up with notions of purity related to food shaped my worldview. My journey to discovering nuance in both the consumption of and writing about food, and a refusal of "inheritances" that have come to shape who I am, detailed…

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