One of the things I like about this gig is observing how a region's food culture reflects the demographics, education, priorities,
What do our dining habits show about South Florida values right now?
While I don't have the experience living in South Florida for long to
see as many shades as I'd like, I do have the writings of my
predecessors for help, as well as plenty of servers, chefs,
restaurateurs, and readers who have offered their own answers to the
question when I've asked over the past couple of weeks.
Who else explores the culture of a place through the lens of how we eat?
Anyone who writes about food, I'd say. Even bloggers illuminate their values and
Though I won't have a growing body of work from my predecessor John
Linn next year as I did while writing this, I'll continue to ask,
explore, and read how food defines places. Here are a few outside pieces I have turned to among many sources for inspiration. These guys are maestros.
Colum McCann's "Dessert"
Robert Sietsema's "He Nan Flavor: Noodle on Down"
Jonathan Gold's "Beefsteak at Vibiana"
Francis Lam's "Getting to Know Him"
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