Rewriting, redesigning and reimagining the recipe for more sustainable food systems

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Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2014, 2014, pp. 366 - 369
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Copyright 2014 ACM. This paper describes Red Hen Recipes, a user generated recipe site that seeks to connect buying, cooking and eating practices with the modes of food production through the redesign of the recipe format. User research found recipes to be a reflective and creative space for imagining "what we should eat". Through simple website technologies we redesign the recipe to afford users the opportunity of exploring "what we should eat" within the context of the wider agro-food system. The site provides a digital space for dialogic interactions between farmers, backyard growers, shoppers and foragers to "rewrite" the recipe to include information about the origins of a single ingredient. In connecting the labour of the field with the labour of the home and kitchen, this tool deliberately breaks down the false dichotomy of producer and consumer, and identifies all users as active producers within the food system, albeit within different contexts.
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