The stories you see here are the culminations of semester-long projects of students in Kristin Winet’s ENG367P: Food Writing at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Our blog name – Fox Tar Tar – is a play on two ideas: first, Rollins’ animal is the fox and our mascot is the “tar,” a southern word for sailor. Since this is a food blog, our bloggers decided to combine the two and celebrate the metaphorical rawness/freshness of their work. Hence, a play on our animal mascot and a reference to “tartare,” which, of course, means raw.
We define contemporary food writing as a special genre of nonfiction, one that engages the senses in meaningful ways and that considers the world around us through the food we consume every day around the world. Over the course of the semester, we are visiting with local chefs, tasting food around town, and taking cooking classes. We are reading some of the food writing greats, including Ruth Reichl (who could write a restaurant review without reading selections from Garlic & Sapphires?), Anthony Bourdain (what would a food writing course be without him, after all?), Susan Orlean, and a range of other authors from the 20th and 21st century. What all of the stories we read–and wrote–have in common is that they take events and moments in the real world and turn them into larger investigations about our food and foodways.
The stories you read on this site will inspire you to look at the food you eat just a little more closely. I promise you: it will be quite the journey.
Take a seat, dive in, and enjoy!