Why are we all so obsessed with food? From Instagram to street food, from Michelin stars to celebrity chefs, food is like a contemporary religion. In this issue we unpick our aesthetic preoccupations with eating: A.S. Hamrah dissects the semiotics of chefs on TV, Timothy Morton locates desire and consumption, Bee Wilson looks at the future of food, and Maria Dimitrova traces narratives of comfort in food films. We also publish rarely-seen photographs by the great master, Nobuyoshi Araki, from his series Shokuji (The Banquet).
The issue presents 100 pages of fashion, including the uncanny work of Torbjørn Rødland, Osma Harvilahti, Joanna Piotrowska, Estelle Hanania and Benoît Bèthume. We also arranged a series of dinners, in the great tradition of Louis Malle's My Dinner with Andre, gathering such luminaries as Alan Yau, Sandra Choi, Eva Chen, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim, Marco de Vicenzo, Delfina Delettrez, Holli Rodgers, Esteban Cortazar, the artists of the Delfina Foundation and Claudia Roden.
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