taking root

With TAKING ROOT we shift our attention from a reflection on self to reflections on space, place, and how they relate to forming  identity. So many of us are transplants in one way or another -- we find ourselves in different states, countries, and families than those we were born into. This issue is about making home in new spaces, through cooking, shared meals, lonely meals, and everything in between. It’s about food + the culinary senses that remind you of home; the smell of burnt bread that jolts you back to your dad scraping the black bits off of the toast he burnt while you threw a fit because breakfast was ruined but also you hated your parents for divorcing and why couldn’t dad make the toast perfectly like mom did? This issue is a homecoming.

This issue is about taking root, by force, because it isn’t always given to us by someone else. It’s about the colonizer and the colonized, as well as the decolonization of certain foods + practices. TAKING ROOT could be a collection of poems you wrote when you were living in rural Tuscany and missing home (and companionship) something fierce, or a recipe you turn to when you’re sick and in need of something that soothes + grounds you. Maybe TAKING ROOT is a photo essay of monochromatic meals you style with your sister because they remind y’all of the same kitsch your grandmother’s house was filled with. Maybe your roots are more literal because your connection to the earth grows deep into dirt along with the foods you grow and  harvest. Maybe TAKING ROOT is your ode to tubers whose starchy flesh thrives beneath the soil.


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