Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A good read

I stopped in at the Healthy Butcher in Toronto last week, to toast the launch of CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, Volume 1, Issue 1. (You know a publication's serious about food when the launch party is at an organic butcher shop.) 
CuiZine is a high minded digital online magazine, produced by the McGill University Library. Here's what it's all about: 
"An integral aspect of ethnic identity and cultural production, food acts as a window into multiple cultural publics and thus lends itself to various interrogations through, for example, ethnography, history, material culture, literary studies, sociology, anthropology, religious studies, art history, communications, and environmental studies. CuiZine aims to provide an innovative academic forum for interdisciplinary discussions surrounding the diverse culinary cultures of Canada, while also providing a venue for dynamic creative content on the subject." 
Ah, takes me back to my good old McGill dayZe. 
The first issue runs from research papers on food marketing, food law and childhood obesity in Canada by Charlene Elliott, and an illustrated tour of Montreal's Marche Jean-Talon by Sarah Musgrave, to culinary themed poetry, an interview with Chef Vikram Vij, historic cranberry recipes, and Can-con food-related book reviews. 
Here's the link. It's available in French, English and Spanish, and it's free. (Impressive, non?)

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