Food Has Always Been Political

On Friday morning at 10:30 a.m., several of us editors at Bon Appétit jumped on a Zoom call to discuss how we were going to cover the uprisings sparked by George Floyd’s killing. As a food brand, we’re often talking about recipes, cooking techniques, and emerging restaurants. But we also understand that food is inherently political, and there’s no getting around that. If you need proof, look no further than the recent pandemic. As we’ve documented in our daily Restaurant Diaries, restaurants are scrambling for PPP loans and undocumented workers are falling through the cracks.

In recent years, we at BA have been reckoning with our blind spots when it comes to race. We still have work to do. But one thing I know is that our editorial mission—besides recipes and home cooking—is to cover the most important stories of the moment as they relate to food. And as

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