Geography 271 The Geography of Food and Eating
Assignment 1 Food and You: A Reflective Food Diary
In this course we will be exploring the relationship between food, identity and place.
This assignment asks you to explore your personal relationship to food by keeping a
detailed food diary over the period of one week.
At the end of each day for seven consecutive days, write an entry in your food diary
detailing what you ate and where (no need to keep track of amounts). All entries must be
typed and dated. You must follow the format given below for each of your entries,
making sure to address the following themes:
Paragraph 1: Describe what food you bought and ate
What did you consume (meat, vegetables, dessert)? Provide details.
How was it prepared (home cooked, frozen, fast food)?
Were there any other qualities important to you (name brand, delicacy,
Paragraph 2: Describe where you bought and ate your food.
Where did you buy or get your food (grocery store, family/friends)?
Where did you eat your food (home, restaurant)?
Who did you eat with (alone, family, friends)?
Paragraph 3: Reflect on your food consumptions
Was this a typical day for you (why or why not)?
Why did you choose to eat what you did (taste, health, sharing)?
On the seventh day, write an additional entry of 1-2 pages discussing how you think your
food buying and consumption patterns help define who you are. Think carefully and
refer to specific examples in your diary; be creative. For example, Mary found she ate
granola with organic milk and fruit most mornings. What does this say about her
environmental attitudes, her food budget, her family history or her sense of
independence—eating differently than her parents?
You will be graded on how thoroughly you have discussed the above themes for the full
week, including the final reflective entry and how well you relate them to key themes in
the class. Grading criteria are: depth and detail in the daily entries and in your final
reflective essay, linkages to class readings as possible, coherence and clarity, grammar
and writing style. No late papers barring extreme emergencies. This assignment is worth
15% of your final grade.
THIS ASSIGNMENT IS DUE ON APRIL 15 IN SECTION.