It would be too much to explain the entire meal here, but I do want to mention the women that the other courses were dedicated to: Nan Goldin, Patti Smith, Audre Lorde, Leslie Feinberg, Miriam Can, Kristin T. Schnider and Beyoncé. OK, I’ll tell you about that last one: half a lemon blackened on charcoal with an insanely good bitter herb sorbet made out of lemon with a bit of champagne and added rowan berries, all inspired by Beyoncé’s album Lemonade. It was just amazing! I would advise any readers that are so inclined to look out for news of Sandra Knecht’s upcoming appearances on social media – her Instagram handle is @chnaechtspaecht.
Sandra Knecht encourages me to think more in terms of codes when eating, and less about the traditional carbohydrate/protein/fat triad, which is what my generation learned in home economics. Each element on the plate that we prepare in our kitchen doesn’t only represent the provided nutrition, it also represents our life as a land animal, and more specifically both on a phylogenetic and an individual level. This means that meat, phylogenetically speaking, is for hunting, but also for animal sacrifices in long-lost religions. On an individual level, for me meat represents our unbreakable link with capitalist logic (not always negative, but essentially fatal, and just because someone doesn’t eat meat doesn’t mean they’re a better person).