The Saveur’s best new food blog of 2013 is Thug Kitchen.
The blog’s tagline is “EAT LIKE YOU GIVE A FUCK.”
I’m amused by this twist on macho nutrition. I like that it’s not your usual manly foods. (See here and here for posts on food and masculinity.)
I’m going to write later about the language of “plant based” and “plant strong” versus “vegan.” What I like about it is that you can say you eat a “primarily plant based diet” and there’s no assumption you’re just a lousy vegan! Amber at Go Kaleo eats this way too. She writes:
“I live in a temperate climate with a year-round growing season that supports a rich and varied plant based diet, so that is what I eat. It is also how I enjoy eating, and it supports my value system of using the fewest resources possible to support my needs, so that there is more for everyone to thrive. These things are important to me. Others have different tastes and values and other climates support different food systems. There are some places on earth where animal foods require fewer resources to produce (or import) than plant foods; climates like that would more sustainably support an animal foods based diet.”
What I worry about it is the distancing oneself from vegan politics and the concern for animal welfare. But, as I said, more on that and the politics of “plant strong” later.
Back to Thug Kitchen, home of tasty plant based cooking, nutrition tips, and foul language.
From their FAQ:
“where the fuck am I?”
THUG KITCHEN, BITCH. THAT’S WHERE THE INTERNET BUS DRIVER JUST DROPPED YOUR SORRY ASS OFF. YOU’RE IN MY HOUSE. I’M GOING TO DROP SOME KNOWLEDGE ON YOUR ASS.
“what is thug kitchen?”
THIS SITE IS HERE TO HELP YOUR NARROW DIETARY MINDED ASS EXPLORE SOME FUCKING OPTIONS SO THAT YOU CAN LOOK AND FEEL LIKE A FUCKING CHAMP. PART OF WHAT WE ENJOY ABOUT TK IS HOW, HOPEFULLY, IT WILL GET READERS THINKING ABOUT WHAT KIND OF ADDITIONAL BEHAVIORS THEY ATTRIBUTE TO PEOPLE WHO TRY TO EAT HEALTHY. EVERYONE DESERVES TO FEEL A PART OF OUR COUNTRY’S PUSH TOWARD A HEALTHIER DIET, NOT JUST PEOPLE WITH DISPOSABLE INCOMES WHO SPEAK A CERTAIN WAY. WE AIM TO EDUCATE AS WELL AS ENTERTAIN, MOTHER FUCKER.
“are you vegan?”
NAW BUT MY DIET IS ALMOST COMPLETELY PLANT-BASED. MY GIRL IS VEGAN AS HELL AND I SUPPORT THAT SHIT.