Dark Kitchen of the Soul

Food is the first or, sure, maybe second thing that we think about every morning. Hunger pangs keep it on our mind throughout the day. And those who are lucky drift off to sleep contemplating the contentment of full bellies. So, it’s a given that we’ll have strong feelings about our relationship to food during the collapse of human civilization. Lucky for us, Charlotte Du Cann recently kicked off a new series of writing on this topic over at The Dark Mountain Project:

This is a story about food and powerdown. It could seem like a personal story except that it is not: it is a social story about how everything changes when you break the illusions your civilization is wrapped in.  In 1990 I am staying in the Algonquin Hotel, covering the US fashion collections, and I know nothing about the industrial food system; in 2017 I am staying in a hut on a beach, talking about Dark Mountain, and I know all its dark secrets. Decades later the Spring collections will still send beige raincoats down the catwalk and the forests of kelp will continue to wave their ancestral arms in the currents of the English channel – but the world I am documenting, like the food I now cook, is radically different.

This is a series called Dark Kitchen: a set of pieces that will look at and question the culture of food in times of fall.

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