Labranza Oculta

I just watched a documentary called Labranza Oculta (the Silent Walls).  It’s about the men that are currently rebuilding the historic structures in downtown Quito, Ecuador.  The original builders of the buildings currently under construction were mostly indigenous laborers, with very little record of their contributions.  This documentary seeks to give a personal connection to the modern-day indigenous workers by capturing their stories through interviews and footage of them building on site.

Here’s a short preview, though it does not have English subtitles for the Spanish dialogue.

I had never seen footage of Quito before but it’s now on my list of places to visit.  The architecture and the history is beautiful and compelling.


It Is Written: new food publications

There are a lot of new food publications out there that are worth checking out.

Fire and Knives, which admittedly I’ve only read about because I haven’t been able to get my hands on one yet.  I’m intrigued by their mission of “giving established writers a place for work that would not be published elsewhere; new writers a place to show themselves and experts in other fields an opportunity to write about our favourite subject.”  It’s published in the UK.

Put A Egg On It is an American publication about personal connections to food.  If you live in the SouthEastern Michigan area, you can pick up a copy at Leopolds Books in midtown Detroit.

Condiment, from Australia, takes a more conceptual approach to food.  Consider it creative intellectual fodder.

Then there’s Eat Me from the UK, exploring the intersections between food, culture and style.  It’s pretty slick.

And Remedy, a US publication focusing on stories of food and highlighting recipes for feeling good.  They draw a lot of inspiration from community cookbooks.  Surprisingly, the Michigan News Agency in Kalamazoo carries it, if you’re in that neck of the woods.