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Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions

by Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, Marcus Foth and Greg Hearn The MIT Press
Pub Date:
02/2014
ISBN:
9780262026857
Format:
Hbk 320 pages
Price:
AU$28.99 NZ$31.30
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Our contemporary concerns about food range from food security to agricultural sustainability to getting dinner on the table for family and friends. This book investigates food issues as they intersect with participatory Internet culture—blogs, wikis, online photo- and video-sharing platforms, and social networks—in efforts to bring about a healthy, socially inclusive, and sustainable food future. Focusing on our urban environments provisioned with digital and network capacities, and drawing on such “bottom-up'' sociotechnical trends as DIY and open source, the chapters describe engagements with food and technology that engender (re-)creative interactions.

In the first section, “Eat," contributors discuss technology-aided approaches to sustainable dining, including digital communication between farmers and urban consumers and a “telematic" dinner party at which guests are present electronically. The chapters in “Cook" describe, among other things, “smart" chopping boards that encourage mindful eating and a website that supports urban wild fruit foraging. Finally, “Grow" connects human-computer interaction with achieving a secure, safe, and ethical food supply, offering chapters on the use of interactive technologies in urban agriculture, efforts to trace the provenance of food with a “Fair Tracing" tool, and other projects.

Contributors
Joon Sang Baek, Pollie Barden, Eric P. S. Baumer, Eli Blevis, Nick Bryan-Kinns, Robert Comber, Jean Duruz, Katharina Frosch, Anne Galloway, Geri Gay, Jordan Geiger, Gijs Geleijnse, Nina Gros, Penny Hagen, Megan Halpern, Greg Hearn, Tad Hirsch, Jettie Hoonhout, Denise Kera, Vera Khovanskaya, Ann Light, Bernt Meerbeek, William Odom, Kenton O’Hara, Charles Spence, Mirjam Struppek, Esther Toet, Marc Tuters, Katharine S. Willis, David L. Wright, Grant Young

Eat, Cook, Grow is a stimulating addition to food studies and HCI. It is also an accessible bridge between these two areas and their interlocutors in and outside of research.

'London School of Economics Review of Books
Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is Deputy Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab and ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry) at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Marcus Foth, Founder and Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow with the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology.

Greg Hearn is Professor and Director of Commercial Programs in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.