Sunday 15 August 2021

figuring out the ABCs of FFF

Nota Bene: this post has been updated! 

For the latest list of letters in our abecedary, 

please visit our post here.


We started this calendar year with the hope of building an abecedary: an ABC book with words common to food, feminisms, and fermentation. The idea was to find a shared language—a lexicon if you will—that connects us as scholars, foodmakers, artists, scientists, and journalists. 

Each piece in the abecedary begins with a letter, like A is for Apple. Except our list looks like this so far:

  • A is for Archives
  • B is for BO
  • C is for Chomping
  • E
  • F
  • G is for Gerund
  • H is for Hands 
  • J is for Joyful 
  • K is for Kneading
  • K is for Kitchens 
  • L is for Learning 
  • M is for Metaphor 
  • N is for Nietzsche 
  • O
  • P
  • Q is for Queering 
  • R is for Reciprocity 
  • R is for Revival 
  • S is for Space-making 
  • T
  • U is for Unruly
  • V is for Vessel 
  • V is for Vagina 
  • W is for Wrought 
  • X
  • Y
  • Z

And a few more in the works that are in revisions.

Want to add to this list? We are looking for short pieces (200-500 words, can be more if you let us know in advance) that explain how the word connects to food, feminism, and/or fermentation. We're open to non-textual forms too, including images and audio(in which case, aim for 5 images or 5 minutes). We admit that we are more interested in words that cut across these themes instead of a UN model of ferments (e.g., bread, kimchi, viili). While we prioritize unrepresented letters from the list above (e.g., O, P, T) we welcome entries whose letter already has a title next to it. Get in touch if you have questions or want to think out loud; after all, part of the fun is figuring this out together. 

While our ideal timeline has drafts due by September 15, we are willing to work with individual authors. Given that the world is a dumpster fire right now, we want to be flexible since we don't know what kinds of pressures uniquely affect your time commitments. 

Submission Details 

Drafts should include: 
  • title, beginning with the represented letter (i.e., T is for _______)
  • 200-500 words of text (or 5 images or 5 minutes of audio)
  • a brief biographical statement (50 words maximum) 
Please send these to our email address by September 15, 2021: food.feminism.fermentation [at] gmail dot com

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