“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we that we cannot straightly think of one without the others,” M.F.K. Fisher writes in the Art of Eating. The best food writing is not just about what’s on the plate, but is, like all literature, also interested in language, psychology, and the most pressing issues of the day.  The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food aims to provide a forum for artists and academics alike to come together in discussion of what role food plays in our lives, through the environment, politics, economics, nationalism, poverty, inequality, and family.  With several sections (Creative Writing & Visual Art, Food News, Video Archive, Think Tank, Profiles & Interviews, and Books & Media), various angles of food thought will be collected and shared.

Creative Writing & Visual Art: This section will focus on works of writing, video, art and photography related to food and the culinary world.  Short stories, poetry, short documentary, photography, graphic art, and design, along with various other art mediums are welcome.  Personal essays and memoirs are accepted, while more academic nonfiction will be published in the “Think Tank” section.  We are looking for inspired and, obviously, creative works to share with readers.  Specific submission guidelines are outlined in the “Submissions” section.

Food News: A rolling blog intended to cover the most recent and relevant publications, findings and events related to the food world.  Short essays and links will be provided for up-to-date content.  If you would like to announce an event or outside publication on our Food News blog, please contact us.  Submissions are limited to 500 words with link.

Video Archive: Organized clips from various food related events in and around The New School.  If you missed a speaker, the video archive will provide a clip of the event.

Think Tank: Highlighting essays, articles, and op-eds by scholars, practitioners, and advocates, “Think Tank” will provide a forum for researchers, writers and readers to engage with food-related topics ranging from politics and policy to social issues and debates on culture, history, health, justice, the environment and sustainability.  Submissions limited to 5,000 words.

Profiles & Interviews: Chefs, restaurant owners, and cookbook writers are among the many we hope to profile and interview, providing a behind-the-scenes look at those in the culinary world.  Submissions limited to 1,000 words.

Books & Media: Current reviews of books, movies and anything pop culture.  Love or hate the new David Chang cookbook?  Write in and tell us why.  Submissions limited to 1,000 words.  Also, if in the New York area and interested in completing book reviews for The Inquisitive Eater, contact us at inquisitiveeater@newschool.edu.