Once and Future FoodPrint
Imagining a new world of teas and tastes
By Stephanie Bastek
September 29, 2017
This week, we look at how we have irrevocably shaped the planet through consumption: of fossil fuels, exotic foods, cups of tea. Erika Rappaport talks about how the drive for empire was spurred on by lust for a certain caffeinated plant, which fueled countless wars and colonial expansion. And Alexandra Kleeman and Jen Monroe throw a dinner party for the future, imagining what food will taste like in 30 years’ time.
Go beyond the episode:
- Erika Rappaport’s A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World
- Bon Appétit explains how to brew the perfect cup of tea
- Check out Bad Taste, Jen Monroe’s experimental food project
- Read “Choking Victim,” a short story by Alexandra Kleeman
- Explore the unusual artistic encounters of The Bellwether, which put on The Next Menu, and read Jordan Kisner’s essay on the massive aspen grove threatened by climate change
(All photographs by Steven Acres)
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