what is Forktongue?

The story we’re telling about food is evolving.

Each passing year, cuisine acquires greater cultural, artistic, and political significance for the general public. Yet the pen rarely does justice to the meaning people find on the plate. That must change.

Forktongue is forum to challenge and investigate the way the culture writes about food. Disheartened by the never-ending abyss of “cheap eats” columns and brunch top-ten lists, Forktongue wants to start a different dialogue.

So we’re going around to interview the most talented, creative, and urgent voices in the gastro-editorial ecosystem to get their opinions, insights, ideas, raves, and rants about why it matters to write about food today.

Theodore Gioia is a critic and commentator living in San Francisco. His work has appeared in The Believer, The American Scholar, Los Angeles Review of Books, and VQR. Currently, he is writing a book of essays about the evolution of California culture framed through food. He has held a range of jobs from host at the Olive Garden to the editorial staff at McSweeney's. Theodore is the founder of ForkTongue, the co-host of the podcast "If You'll Indulge Me," and the co-curator of the "Rising Writers" series at the Mechanics Institute.

Gabriele Carotti-Sha designed and built this site. He is a product manager at Newsela, an EdTech firm dedicated to improving student literacy and developing new digital learning tools. His background spans psychoacoustics, signals & systems, phenomenology and digital media. He co-authored a Springer essay on Big Data, as a cultural and commercial trend that may conflate knowledge with information with data.