I have truly enjoyed all the blogs I’ve read. Regardless of whether I thought I would be interested in the blog initially, the unique writing styles of my peers have consistently surprised me – in good ways of course! Two of my favorite blogs are Emily’s Bigger Fish to Fry and Kristin and Tori’s The Durham Dish. I know, I know, it’s a bit odd that my two favorite blogs are foodie ones. I promise – I don’t think about food every waking moment! But the way’s these two blogs are written, and the topics they choose to cover, always keep me coming back for more.
Let’s start with Bigger Fish to Fry. In every post Emily writes about a subject pertaining to food culture and how its changing. From food trucks to chemically engineered foods to discussions about metabolism I truly have enjoyed the journey. As I was reading her most recent work, I found this excellent excerpt about metabolism and the possibility of choosing genes in the future:
There are so many science fiction novels and films, like the Gattaca, which imagine life to be so much easier if we could simply pick the genes we want to have. But as I watch the movie, I must wonder if such a perfect life is something to be desired. It seems like it’s these flaws in our genes that actually make us human and unique in our own ways.
During the post she starts off discussing her own experiences when she meets someone with a particularly high metabolism. She then weaves in larger problems about the future and our ability to perhaps change what nature has handed us. I think this will become a much more contentious issue in the near future. Her writing is both engaging and insightful. After hooking me in with a topic I may be somewhat familiar with, Emily almost always brings in new information that often leave me with Aha! moments.
I also really enjoy Kristin and Tori’s writing in the Durham Dish. First off, I have to give it to them – the Durham Dish is set up wonderfully! The aesthetics, the simplicity, the variety – I’m impressed every time I go to their blog site. As a vegetarian, I especially love Tori’s take on the world. Her writing is extremely candid and she presents her findings in a way that makes me feel as if I’m conversing with a friend. I take her suggestions to heart and when she’s disappointed in her food choice, oddly enough I am too.
In her post, You had me at free dinner, I felt as if she was describing most students I know:
So last night, I agreed to include one of my photos in the student art exhibition for Duke’s “Exploring the Arts” dinner. At first, when I read the email, I decided against it – I have too much homework, I have a big French test, etc. – but then, I saw that the night included free dinner at the WaDuke. So, shameless as I am, I agreed to go.
I have a much greater desire to attend events when free food is involved – especially if its at the WaDuke. Thanks Krisitin and Tori for taking me on your food journey!