November 28, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
I’ve remarked before about humanity’s curious relationship with food. I love food. Most of us do. It makes perfect sense for us to love food – our ancestors survived to reproduce more successfully because they loved food, and that love was passed down to us. Since outgrowing our basic survival needs, though, our relationship with food seems only to have intensified. Maybe it’s not intense in the same ways (when’s the last time you had to hunt down and kill your dinner? Or even grow it yourself?) but we’re able to be more discerning – outright pickier – about what we eat. Eating has become more about enjoying than it has about nourishing, which means our whole outlook on food has changed accordingly. Food is a vital component of every human culture, and food itself has almost definitely directed and redirected human culture. Today’s project is looking at this relationship we have with food – a love/hate, nourish/gratify relationship that’s always taking strange, delicious and hopefully good turns.
Saucy is periodical with unique and flavorful perspectives on food. They’re perspectives I think we can all gain from, even if you’re not a fan of the menu. Frankly, I don’t think that’ll be a problem, but then again, I’ve tricked people into enjoying foods they’ve sworn to hate before, so beware of your own illusionments and back this project before November 30.
Saucy magazine is a personal project that began in 2011. Each issue explores our fallible human relationships with food through photography, stories, illustration, and poetry.