On its cover, this issue features an image of freshly baked loaves leaning in the windowsill of a small bakery. The viewer is met by the distant gaze of a woman from behind the pane of glass. Two bright signs threaten to overwhelm the loaves: “BREAD 5¢ A LOAF.” The picture was shot eighty-six years ago by photographer Berenice Abbott and is part of her broader portfolio on modernizing New York (more on that below). “Bread Store. 259 Bleecker” captures a provisioning shop just a couple of months before the American economy fell into deep turmoil during the 1937–1938 recession. Taken on its own, the photo resonates with our current moment when the cost of food is top of mind. The context is, of course, different; global supply chains are emerging from the pandemic shock of the past three years, their efficiency further hobbled by geopolitical conflict and weather-induced crop...
Working with Food
Jaclyn Rohel is a 2022–2023 New Media Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute. Her work on food and cities centers community-engaged research and experiential education. She has previously written on topics related to food provisioning, public culture, and markets. A member of Gastronomica’s Editorial Collective, Jaclyn works with the journal’s creative cluster and produces and co-hosts the Gastronomica podcast series on the Heritage Radio Network.
Jaclyn Rohel; Working with Food. Gastronomica 1 May 2023; 23 (2): iv–vii. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2023.23.2.iv
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