Category Archives: Interviews

Of Sisters and Clones: An Interview with Jessica Rath

The story below is cross-posted from Venue, where you can also read about performing horses and saloon cats in the Denver Public Library archives and pop-up opera at Whole Foods in Miami. Venue — a pop-up interview studio and multimedia rig traveling around North America through September 30, 2013 — is a project of the Nevada […]

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Food: An Atlas

What do you see when you map the world through food? IMAGE: Strips from five of the seventy-plus maps in Food: An Atlas. According to Food: An Atlas, a crowd-sourced, crowd-funded, “guerrilla cartography” project led by UC Berkeley professor Darin Jensen, you see the distribution patterns of the global almond trade but also the lost […]

Lunch: An Urban Invention

Lunch may be the second meal of the day today, but it was the last of the three daily meals to rise above its snack origins to achieve that status. IMAGE: “Lunch” entry in A Dictionary of the English Language, Samuel Johnson, London: J. and P. Knapton; J. and T. Longman, 1755. NYPL, Rare Book […]

Smell-designing Sheffield

IMAGE: Victoria Henshaw’s Sheffield smell walk, mapped. Regular Edible Geography readers will know that smellscapes are a recurring subplot of this blog — a diversion that I justify on the basis that roughly ninety percent of what we perceive as taste is actually smell. For the most part, the built environment consists of accidental and […]

How Wine Became Metropolitan: An Interview with David Gissen

IMAGE: The Metro Wine Map of France, designed by David Gissen. David Gissen is usually known as an architectural theorist whose publications (including a blog, and Subnature, a book I highly recommend) explore peripheral, denigrated, or otherwise overlooked aspects of urban nature — puddles, smog, and weeds — in order to re-imagine the relationship between […]

Designing a Restaurant for Plants: An Interview with Jonathon Keats

On Saturday, April 16, the world’s first photosynthetic restaurant for plants opened for business. Located outside the Crocker Museum for Art in downtown Sacramento, the new dining establishment is a project of experimental philosopher and artist, Jonathon Keats. This is not a restaurant for humans to eat plants; rather, it is an exercise in creating a dining experience for the plants themselves, with a menu of enhanced sunlight that is designed to appeal to their sophisticated sensory apparatus, providing them with not only energy, but also a satisifying, piquant, and delightful experience.

Subsidies, Salt Crystals, And The SunChips Bag: An Interview With PepsiCo’s Derek Yach

Although this week’s Glass House Conversation on the pros and cons of public investment in food design R&D has now closed, the questions and responses it has raised are well worth continuing investigation. The interview below, with PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy, Derek Yach, is a longer version of one […]

A Cocktail Party In The Street: An Interview With Alan Stillman

IMAGE: Alan Stillman in front of the first T.G.I. Friday’s location at 63rd Street & 1st Ave, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In 1965, Alan Stillman was a young man living in Manhattan, who, in his own words, was “looking to meet girls.” The bar restaurant he founded, T.G.I. Friday’s, began life as a public […]