the sweet life turns three

A Vanderslice of the Sweet Life is 3 years old today, which is an adult celebration in blog-years. We’ve grown up together, this website and I, and I’m excited to see the ways it's blossoming.

When I initially launched The Sweet Life, as an idealistic new college grad, I felt I’d created a narrow enough genre by saying that I wanted to use it to think critically about food.

Soon after, I started my master’s in food studies and discovered that I was in no way equipped to carry on that robust of a dialogue on my own (and plenty of others were already doing it just fine). And thus I shifted gears: I transitioned it into a platform to stretch my writing muscles, to discover my voice, and to locate my place within the many dialogues on food and on faith.

Many months of research, a master’s thesis, and one academic publication later, I’m beginning to settle comfortably into my own little niche in the field. Now it’s time for The Sweet Life to grow up a bit too.

My aim moving forward is to make this blog a resource that brings together the many different voices thinking critically about the intersection of food, faith, and culture; to engage these voices from a breadth of perspectives; and to question what this tells Christians about how to live Eucharistically.

 

A year and a half ago, I wrote down “my mountain” – a way of envisioning my dream for my future and of weighing the importance of opportunities that come my way in the meantime. (I attribute this ever-fabulous idea to the life-changing commencement speech of Neil Gaiman. I highly recommend you give it a watch, I review it and take more notes on it at least once a month.)

It reads:

my mountain: a manifesto

i desire to support myself by creating beautiful and delicious words and foods that compel all who interact with them to seek to understand more fully the intersection of food, faith, and culture, encouraging a unique and thoughtful approach to each of these subjects that in turn moves myself and others to work towards social and environmental justice.

I’m now supporting myself by creating beautiful and delicious words and foods as a freelance food writer and I’m using meals to move myself and others to work towards social and environmental justice as the head baker and children’s educator at Simple Church.

So now it is time for The Sweet Life to take more seriously its own role in engaging the many voices at the intersection of food, faith, and culture. I plan to work within the four categories I’ve already set up to do this more strategically. On Food is a platform for sharing recipes; On Faith, a space for my own theological reflections about food; On Culture is where I share the stories of others practicing Eucharistic living; and Sweet Reads contains reviews of the books that are pertinent to this field.

I’m also excited to say that I am finally monetizing this project. I’ve wrestled with how to do so for quite some time; but I firmly believe in the importance of building The Sweet Life and, frankly, I’ve got student loans to pay (I didn’t just get all this knowledge for free!).

The Sweet Life is now registered through the Amazon affiliate program, so if you ever decide, “Hey, this book Kendall reviewed sounds super fascinating!” just follow the link through my post to purchase.

I promise not to turn any post into a sales pitch (and I’m continuing for now to refrain from allowing any ads), so if I happen to strongly recommend a book, or perhaps some must-have kitchen tool for a recipe, you can trust that it is because I seriously love it and I think you will too.

 

Go ahead and explore a little to learn more about these changes; I recommend you start by getting yourself a slice of Tahini Honey birthday cake.


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