Addressing sport, identities, health, media, access, and justice, this conference provided good thinking for my own work on gender, food, and media.
I don’t usually identify myself as a foodie, but compared to my husband—who trains hard and subsists upon protein shakes and loads of lean meat—you might as well consider me one. The diets of strength athletes, bodybuilders, powerlifters, and the like are a gustatory world away from what most people eat, what the USDA would recommend, or what any food enthusiast would sanction. In my most recent Zester post, I pondered the nearly twelve years I’ve spent cooking and eating alongside this man I love, as he’s worked toward his athletic goals, boiling it down to six food rules that muscle building folks follow: Protein is king. Food is fuel. Taste is secondary. Cheating is part of the plan. Bulk is good. Meal prep is not cooking. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this dearly dedicated, but distinctly anti-foodie subculture. And as a silly supplement, here are some shots of my husband’s weekly meal prep (and his lifting).
With its super-sized spread of snacks, the Super Bowl forms an American meal as iconic as Thanksgiving. Just as there are “authentic” and “traditional” dishes that accompany our national holiday dedicated to gratitude and family, unspoken rules guide which foods pair perfectly with America’s favorite sport.