Welcome to Aftertastes, a site that explores the relationship between food and storytelling, memories and meals.
Aftertastes considers the culino-textual: the stories that emerge when food is being made, ordered, bought, shared, or eaten. Food is replete with metaphor—the brutality in tenderizing meat, the chemistry in baking—and identity, and like so many of our stories, food can be nostalgic, fraught, or comforting.
In ‘Essays’, writers share stories that surround the things we eat. In ‘Recipes’, the narrative and preparation notes unfold together, the story emerging from the recipe’s structure. ‘Kitchens’ features profiles of creative people—some in the food world, some not—who like to cook, and the stories found among their culinary objects and ingredients.