For my next book, my friend Lisa and I spent a lot of time with other people’s kitchens. There’s something deeply intimate about what’s lurks in the fridges, freezers and cupboards of strangers. As the site TrendCentral.com notes, the interiors of fridges have become happening places. Last November, NPR devoted one of its Food Photo Fridays to the subject, while the site FridgeWatcher catalogs what people buy and keep cold around the world.
In an interest of disclosure, I took a couple of photos of my fridge interior here at our Florida house this morning. It’s not thrilling. No foie gras, nothing too exotic except an aging bottle of champagne that we’re fairly sure is ruined from heat. We’re big SodaStream drinkers, so there are several bottles for our fizzy water and stuff to flavor it. Bread products are notably absent since we’ve been cutting down on carbs and gluten the past month. One of the produce bins is empty, save a bag of vegetable trimmings for stock. The freezer is fairly minimal: half a bag of IQF Florida scallops, a bag of organic peas, a last container of homemade chicken stock, a few portions of soup, a single grass-fed sirloin steak and a couple of boxes of Junior Mints (for Mike).
So the question now is, what’s in your fridge? What does it say about you? How much produce do you expect to throw out this week? Pay attention the next time you open the door. Thinking about your fridge can help you pay attention to what you eat, what you buy and what you waste, all important things that we don’t think enough about these days.