My project explores the classism in home cooking culture, the dependence of the working class on convenience foods, and the creative art of home cooking when passed from one inspired person to another.
Food has always been something that connects us; a shared recipe is a spark between strangers that brings them a little closer. My graphic novel ‘Food for Thought’ focuses on my personal journey learning how to cook. It examines the limitations of space, time and knowledge that stop the working class from producing the same aesthetic foods they see on their Instagram feed.
With this work, I wish to remove the classist overtones that cooking for entertainment have created, and present cooking as an art that is accessible to everyone, with no special tools, large space or hours of time required. I want everyone who struggles to eat well to understand that they can, and that they can do so with creativity.
This project presents cooking as an act of rebellion; a rejection of consumer culture, a refusal to pay high prices for the sake of convenience, and the tearing down of the rigid line between cooking to live, and living through cooking.