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We start with a question from the experimental historian’s kitchen.
From the virtual OFS editing-suite with Elisabeth Luard and Gamze Ineceli: Volume 1
Elaine Mahon, recipient of one of the first Young Chef Grants, is organising a new venture, The Young Chefs Collective
Food & Imagination: Sharing the Magical Worlds of three Remarkable Chefs from Different Corners of the World
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Episode 8 Bel Castro – The Grandeur that was Lipa May 29, 2019
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Episode 6 Bee Wilson – Why Kitchen Technology Matters May 15, 2019
Imagine a cyberworld of cookbooks, agricultural manuals, dietetics, herbals, etc., arranged in a database, searchable by your choice of parameters. Then imagine that this tool could return results in languages other than the original search, automatically, through a unicode glossary. And then imagine that this database would be constantly expanding to incorporate additional works and languages, with the goal of making the vast majority of culinary literature discoverable to the curious researcher. If this possibility intrigues you, then investigate The Sifter, a Wiki-like database that debuted at the 2020 OFS V-Symp.
The project is part of a broader effort led by Wikipedia to redress imbalances in its current content. Although it’s “free and anyone can contribute”, what Wikipedia discovered about itself is that over 90% of those who actually do so are white men of a particularly computer-nerd bent of mind. We tackle this egregious gender imbalance in the food-arena as a dedicated part of Wikipedia’s effort to improve these statistics across a spectrum of fields. Simultaneously, we embrace the need to more generally address neglected food and cooking personalities and topics as well as to correct popularly received falsehoods that are rife in a field that has only recently received serious scholarly attention.