Where there is grief, there is food.
Writing about food and grief matters.
People’s relationship with food is a major, but under-examined, aspect of grief. The Food + Grief Project wants to remedy that.
In addition to our own recipes, essays, and other content exploring the relationship between loss and food, the Food + Grief Project happily celebrates and promotes others’ work on this topic.
To that end, here is:
The Food + Grief Project’s Running List of Published Work About Food and Grief
- “With Grief Comes Food,” Rapoport, A., Bon Appetit (Jan. 28, 2020).
- “For Many Widows, the Hardest Part Is Mealtime,” Nierenberg, A., The New York Times (Oct. 29, 2019).
- “Raw Grief,” Podcast, BBC’s The Food Chain (Sept. 9, 2018).
- “Widowed: Food After Loss,” Podcast, BBC’s The Food Chain (Sept. 9, 2018).
- “Crying in H Mart,” Zauner, M. The New Yorker (Aug. 20, 2018).
- “The Bread I Still Can’t Bear to Bake,” Kolb, L. Modern Loss (April 27, 2018).
- “A Widow’s Food Guide to Grief,” Kolb, L., The Washington Post (Mar. 27, 2018).
- “Turning Down the Nachos (aka Managing Grief and Comfort Eating),” What’s Your Grief? (Mar. 28, 2017).
- Culinary Grief Therapy, Nickrand, H. et al. (2017).
- “Food During Times of Grief,” Rhodes, J. Smithsonian.com (Nov. 1, 2012).
- “When Grief Strikes, Food Can Be a Gift From the Gods,” Ferguson, D., The Guardian (Jul. 16, 2016).
- “The Gift of Food: What to Give to Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones,” McWilliams, S., Cooking Light (Oct. 17, 2015).
- “Love, Loss, and Fruit Salad,” McWilliams, S., Cooking Light (Oct. 16, 2015).
- The Pleasures of Cooking for One, Jones, J. (2009).
Additional resources related to food and grief:
- The Dinner Party: A potluck dinner group for 20- and 30-somethings who have experienced close loss.
- Processing: A podcast by chef and Life’s A Banquet podcast host Zahra Tangorra and her mother Bobbie, a bereavement therapist. The podcast explores a diverse set of topics around food and grief in a conversational but insightful way.
These lists are updated as often as possible, so check back now and again.