In an ever-growing number of Food Studies classes, college undergraduates are reading blogs like Smitten Kitchen, Orangette, Pinch My Salt, and The Pioneer Woman Cooks with the keen eyes of anthropologists studying the customs of an unfamiliar land.
Design is key in understanding many aspects of the restaurant industry and the food system at large, from the shape of a fork and the ways kitchens minimize environmental impact, to the visual elements of a dining room and the sustainable organization of food purveyor networks.
Why does Food Studies attract students? Does it actually contribute to their education as individuals and as citizens? I do think that Food Studies can help us become better shoppers, and hopefully achieve much more than that.