One year ago today, Eatocracy went live to the world, and while plenty of people are still a tad confused about how to pronounce it*, they've had no shortage of things to say. As managing editor, I couldn't be more delighted. We started this site because we love nothing more than talking about food.
I don't just mean waxing rhapsodic about the ultimate grilled cheese, perfect burger or shrimp etouffee - though we certainly enjoy sinking our teeth into those conversations. We love stirring the pot and getting people thinking, talking and typing back about all the issues, politics, relationships and emotions that go into feeding both your body and your soul.
They've also got some pretty strong notions about what is - and is NOT - Southern food, how death row prisoners and school children should be allowed to eat (especially peanut butter) and if squirrel meat is indeed a valid source of protein. Vegans and meat eaters aren't going to be hugging it out any time soon, nor will horse and bunny lovers and the folks who think they make a mighty fine meal.
In the meantime, we've just tried to write from the heart about the way food moves us, and hoped you all would join in the conversation. Here are a few of mine and associate editor Sarah LeTrent's favorite stories from the last year, and we'd both like you to know that the dialogues we have with you are the most meaningful part of what we do. Thank you for reading and talking back. You are always welcome at our table.
A day two pigs would die
Justin Warner's wine rap
Foodie friendships – the ties and fries and pies that bind
New Orleans: The food that got them through
Five sustainable lessons from a family farm
David Kinch: Why culinary Japan matters – and even more so now
Pouring whiskey in the wound
PB&J and me
5@5: James Oseland
A life in waiting
p.s. We pronounce it Ee-TOCK-kra-see, but say it however you'd like.