The infrequent and imperfect yet impassioned musings of a PhD candidate, mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend and cultural commentator with a penchant for food and community…
I am a cultural theorist, farmer, and researcher with a focus on cosmopolitan, sustainable food systems. I’ve been widely published on a diverse spectrum of fair food topics, from multicultural foodways, feminism and food, and food tourism to culinary cosmopolitanism.
This blog frequently focuses on the hopeful futures for agroecology, locavorism, and ethical omnivorism, while indulging in occasional tales of my quotidian existence as a passionate cook. One day I will have time to finish writing my PhD on the role of food and foodways in cosmopolitanism and sustainability, but meanwhile, I will share my expertise in culture and food ethics with a far broader audience than just my supervisor.
I also write a farm blog ‘The Hedonist Life’, with details of life at Jonai Farms – our free-range rare breed pig farm in central Victoria where I live and work with my husband and three ethicurean children.
My journey from vegetarian to ethical omnivore is what led me all the way to become a pig farmer to contribute to the growing movement to get pigs and poultry back out of the sheds and onto the paddocks, and I now grow, butcher and cure all of our meat.
As well as working as an ethical pig farmer, I maintain a broad life as a researcher, writer and public intellectual at large in the area of a sustainable, ethical food chain, including considerations of food sovereignty and global food security.
You can email me, Tammi Jonas, on tammois (at) gmail.com
I’m over on the twitterz as @tammois
Lightning Talk, Eco-City Food Forum, sponsored by Doing Something Good, 22 March 2013.
The Great Organic Debate, hosted by William Angliss Institute, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, 6 March 2013.
Uncovering the Food Chain, Earthly Activation at Section 8, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, 9 March 2013.
The Food Revolution is a Big Fat Lie, at The Lake House, Daylesford, 5 April 2012.
Food Blogging, National Young Writers’ Festival, 2010.
Tammi teaches Miguel how to make distinctively Daylesford bullboar sausages, on The Living Room, Channel 10, (23:30) 16 August 2013
Regional Perspectives: Tammi Jonas, by Alexis Drevikovsky, in The Locavore Edition, 8 August 2013.
From Food Blogging to Food Butchering – the Journey of Tammi Jonas & the Jonai, by Amanda McInerney, in Lambs’ Ears & Honey, 5 July 2013.
Jonas family has snouts in trough, by Sarah Hudson, in The Weekly Times, 19 June 2013.
Tammi Jonas, by Sharon Lee, in Flavour Crusader, 3 November 2011.
Food and the Art of Representation, by Julie Hare, in Campus Review, 15 February 2010.
Pigs in Mud in The Australian, 9 July 2013.
Free Range, Are We Confused Yet?, in The Hoopla, 16 April 2012.
Intellectual honesty and an open mind, in ABC The Drum Opinion, 6 January 2012.
Happy Free-Range Christmas!, in The Hoopla, 15 December 2011.
Cosmopolitanising the Cohort, aka Internationalising the Curriculum in The Advocate, 20 November 2011.
Reflections on a Convoluted Pathway, in The Advocate, 21 June 2011.
Some problems can be solved simply by throwing money at them, in The Advocate, 15 March 2011.
On Quality: You get what you pay for, in The Advocate, 5 November 2010.
Is This Where We’re Heading? in New Matilda, 10 November 2010.
A Foreign Despair in ABC The Drum Unleashed, 3 March 2010.
Guest Post: The media and disasters on Pure Poison, Crikey, 25 February 2010.
Is There Life Beyond the Barbie? in New Matilda, 9 February 2010.
The Crisis in Education Isn’t Looming, It’s Here in New Matilda, 16 December 2009.
Jonas, Tammi (2011) “Culinary Cosmopolitanism in Melbourne” in Food: Representation, Ideology and Politics, Orient Blackswan, Delhi, India.
Sweeney, D., Jonas, T., & Boin, K. (2008) “Connecting Students to Changing Institutional Imaginaries: Online Innovations in Academic Support” in Changing University Learning & Teaching: Engaging and Mobilising Leadership, Quality and Technology, pp. 321-338, Post Pressed, Australia.
Jonas, Tammi (2013) “Eating the Vernacular, Being Cosmopolitan” in Cultural Studies Review, Vol. 19, No. 1, UTS Publishing, Australia.
Jonas, Tammi (2008) “Essentially Cosmopolitan or Cosmopolitan Essentialism?” in antiTHESIS, 18, pp.67-75, antiTHESIS/School of Culture and Communication, Australia.
Jonas, Tammi & Temby, Kate (1998) “Post-structuralist Reading of Hamlet” in Teachers Rethinking English: Critical Theory and Reflective Practice, pp. 19-23, VATE, Australia.
Jonas, Tammi (1997) “Presentation of an Issue in the Media: Victorian Private and Public Secondary Education” in Idiom, 33:2, pp. 54-59, VATE, Australia.
Kamler, Cousins, Jonas, Lawson & Linden (1997) “Developing a Critical Writing Pedagogy: A Discontinuous Narrative” in English in Australia, 118, pp. 24-42, AATE, Australia.
Jonas, Tammi. “Cosmopolitanising the Cohort: the social affordances of international education” International Education: the next 25 years, Australian International Education Conference, Adelaide, 12-15 October 2011.
Jonas, Tammi. “When Eating Your (Exotic) Greens Can Green the World” Food and Agriculture Under the Big Sky, annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, Missoula, MT, USA, 9-12 June 2011.
Jonas, Tammi. “From Meat Pie to Phở in Just Four Decades: If you are what you eat, are Australians cosmopolitan?” The Federation of Taste, 18th Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, Canberra, 13-15 May 2011.
Jonas, Tammi. “When Eating Your Greens Can Green the World: the Social and Environmental Sustainability of Cosmopolitan Foodways” A Scholarly Affair, Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) annual conference, Southern Cross University, December 2010.
Jonas, Tammi. “Eating the Vernacular, Being Cosmopolitan” 18th International Ethnological Food Research Conference, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, 18-21 August 2010.
Harvey, L., Jonas, T., Powe, M. “The Creativity and Innovation Challenge” Australian Quality Forum 2010: Quality in Uncertain Times, Gold Coast, Queensland, 30 July – 2 August 2010.
Jonas, Tammi. “The great re-skilling: towards a food literate future” Growers and Eaters Forum, Slow Food Melbourne, Korumburra, Victoria, 19 April 2010.
Jonas, Tammi. “From Roasting Dish to Stock Pot: Practices of Frugality between Generations of Migrant Australians” Economy, 17th Symposium of Australian Gastronomy, Adelaide, 13-16 November 2009.
Jonas, Tammi. “Sustaining Culture: Demanding Authenticity from Migrant Foodways” Sustaining Culture, Cultural Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) annual conference, University of South Australia, December 2007.
Jonas, Tammi. “Cosmopolitanism or Cultural Piracy?” antiTHESIS annual symposium, University of Melbourne, July 2007.
Jonas, Tammi. “Tasting Terroir: Food, class and national identity in Melbourne” Food: Representation, Ideology & Politics Colloquium, Jadavpur University, India, November 2006.
‘Culinary Cosmopolitanism‘ in Springer Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, 2012.
Wilbur 101 series, RN Bush Telegraph, May-Dec 2013.
Free-range pig producers, Food Maestros on ABC Statewide Drive, Ballarat, 30 July 2013.
Violence Against International Students, interview by Race Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, 16 August 2010.
Has the Australian media exploited sufferers surviving in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake?, interview by Mig Caldwell for The Fourth Estate on Radio 2ser.
Breathless in Oregon Rivers, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 2 September 2011.
Be-Utah-ful, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 23 August 2011.
High Adventure from Taos to Mesa Verde, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 12 August 2011.
Swimming Across Texas, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 28 July 2011.
Road Trip USA from New Orleans to the Bayou, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 12 July 2011.
The Appalachians: highs, lows and barbecue, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 4 July 2011.
Processed pig bits, Civil War sadness, and meeting the Amish, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 21 June 2011.
Road Trip USA: royal repairs on the RockVan, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 9 June 2011.
What’s green, high tech, and full of taquerias? San Francisco!, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 25 May 2011.
Hop on Board for Road Trip USA, Back in a Bit, Crikey, 28 April 2011.
Jonas, T. & Croker, C.A. (2012) “The Research Education Experience”, Commonwealth of Australia.
Jonas, T. (2011) “The Higher Education Base Funding Review: Consultation Response”, Carlton, Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations.
Jonas, T. (2010) “Submission to Inquiry into the Social Security Amendment (Income Support for Regional Students) Bill 2010”, Carlton, Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations.
Jonas, T. (2010) “Submission to Select Senate Committee on the Scrutiny of New Taxes”, Carlton, Council of Australian Postgraduate Students.
Littler, Jo.(2009) Radical Consumption: Shopping for change in contemporary culture, Open University Press, UK. Reviewed in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, May 2010; vol. 13, 3: pp. 308-310.