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91: Tasty Pride, a Celebration of the LGBTQIA+ Food Community

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We’re going to let you in on a secret: There are tons of talented food professionals who can perfect a coq au vin or make a sublime pasta. We’re not a rare lot, so what makes you gravitate to someone’s food or recipes over someone else’s? The stories we tell with our writing, recipe headnotes, ingredient choices, and social media. Food is about stories and stories are about people — and that’s why representation matters. This week, we kick off pride month with Jesse Szewczyk, author of Tasty Pride, to talk about the queer food community, family, representation, and how to be a better ally.

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Families Come in All Shapes & Sizes

Food connects us to the people we love — the people we call family, whether chosen or biological, whether forever or in a moment.

In talking to Jesse Szewczyk about Tasty Pride, the new cookbook he curated in partnership with BuzzFeed Tasty, we were struck by the powerful relationship between food writing, recipes, and family, and how that relationship can be invisible to those of us whose family fits the “norm.”

As food professionals who focus on family, this week’s conversation has us reflecting on how we can up our ally game. We hope that it inspires you the same way, too, and that you will carry that inspiration beyond Pride Month.

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About Our Guest: Jesse Szewczyk

Food writer Jesse Szewczyk | Didn't I Just Feed You, a podcast about feeding family

Jesse Szewczyk is a writer, recipe developer, and food stylist based in New York. His work has been featured in Food52, The Kitchn, BuzzFeed, Tasty, Bake From Scratch, Apartment Therapy, Jarry and several other publications. He is the author of Tasty Pride, a collection of 75 recipes and stories from the queer food community (Clarkson Potter/Tasty) that raised $50,000 for GLADD.

When he is not baking cookies or fluffing food for the camera, he can be found reading graphic novels, consuming excessive amounts of caffeine, and drunkenly cooking with his boyfriend.

Find out more about Jesse and his work on his site, JesseSzewczyk.com and follow him on his gorgeous Instagramfeed, @JesseSzewczyk.


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Tasty Pride cookbook | Didn't I Just Feed You, a podcast about feeding family

About Tasty Pride

Tasty has always been the place to turn for good eats. Now, it’s also the place to turn for a community. Here, stories of love, pride, and acceptance—and the important role that food can play in that journey—accompany the innovative yet totally doable recipes you know to expect from Tasty.
Compiled by food writer Jesse Szewczyk and contributed by 75 cooks and celebrities from across the queer community such as Ted Allen, Anita Lo, and Rick Martinez, these recipes are not only delicious, but also meaningful. These folks bring you the dishes they love most, from Taco Potatoes with Spicy Ground Turkey to Everything Bagel Beignets, and from Beer-Steamed Crabs with Spicy Vinegar Dipping Sauce and Corn Salad to Fudgy Miso Brownies.
Pull up a chair and take your seat at the table with Tasty Pride.

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