We’re excited to have author Kelsey Timmerman on the show to explore connections between pop culture and the global economy. His books, WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes and WHERE AM I EATING? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy, tell the stories of the real people behind the items we often take for granted. Kelsey is also the cofounder of the Facing Project, which seeks to connect people through stories to strengthen community. Whether in print or in person, he seeks to connect people around the world, and we love that about him!
Malayna’s Notes (listen to see where the conversation went from here!)
- Unity Global Initiative Scholarship – Unity teens and young adults can apply now at UnityGlobalInitiativeScholarship.org!
- Contagious Optimism – sharing stories much like The Facing Project
- Conscious Consumer – a term that I learned from Kelsey and used in our Unity.com story :
“Three Steps to Being a Conscious Consumer of Pop Culture“
- Ratatouille (2007) – A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. [Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm]
- American Pie (1999) – Four teenage boys enter a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. [Stars: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan]
- Chocolat (2000) – A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. [Stars: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss]
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) – The most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children’s book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. [Stars: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell, James Caan]
- Mystic Pizza (1988) – Three teenage girls come of age while working at a pizza parlor in the Connecticut town of Mystic. [Stars: Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, Vincent D’Onofrio]
- Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) – A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know. [Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker]
- Meatballs (1979) – Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp. [Bill Murray!]
- Like Water for Chocolate (1992) – The youngest daughter in her family, the beautiful Tita is forbidden to marry her true love, Pedro. Since tradition dictates that Tita must care for her mother, Pedro weds her older sister, Rosaura, though he still loves Tita. The situation creates much tension in the family, and Tita’s powerful emotions begin to surface in fantastical ways through her cooking. As the years pass, unusual circumstances test the enduring love of Pedro and Tita.
Others that reference food:
- Pulp Fiction -$5 Milkshake and Royale
- Willy Wonka and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Lime in the Coconut –
- Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
- I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
- Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan
- Weenie Man!
- Muffin man
Check out Chef Bret Macris at Rose Water Restaurant in Brooklyn!
What: Rose Water is a Seasonal American restaurant with a commitment to working with as much local, regional, organic and sustainably raised food as the season will allow.
Chef Bret Macris comes to us from Southern California where he spent many years at LA’s famed Campanile as Chef de Cuisine. He shares our commitment to seasonality and sustainability, and it’s reflected in his cooking – he works at enhancing the flavors of the great products that he sources, making certain not to overwhelm them.
On FB this year: he’s documenting the effort that goes into cooking Thanksgiving for the masses.
“It’ll mostly be on Instagram, but I’ll forward to here. I’ll post on my page obviously and under the hashtag #mydirtythanksgiving you can also ask questions, ask about recipes and whatever TG related and I’ll do my best to answer. No promises, because as you’ll see I won’t have too much time. Hope it’s fun.”