Hello and welcome! Thank you for visiting Truthful Food and for allowing me to share my enthusiasm for food and the science behind it with you. For, now Truthful Food is just me, Anna. Several years ago, I started to think about creating Truthful Food. I was not sure about what I wanted the end result to look like, but I felt there were some things missing on the internet that I could add. I started out by writing articles on the science behind food and creating recipes that are easy to make, delicious and most of all, truthful about their nutritional information. Truthful Food is the product of many ideas, a great passion for food and the science behind it, and a lot of stumbling around in the world of creating your own website and everything that comes with that.
When I started university, I was working towards a chemistry degree. Science was something I didn’t want to live without, and chemistry was my favourite subject. I mean, you are essentially doing exciting and fun experiments to learn more about how everything around you works. It doesn’t get much better than that in my opinion! After a while, however, I figured out that I prefer a more applied and tangible science over studying the theory of things I cannot touch and mainly have to read about in books. (Translation: not as many fun and exciting experiments as I had hoped for.) This made me look around for something a bit different, and I ended up transferring to [Wageningen University] where I studied Food Science and Technology. If you love both science and everything about food, this is the perfect degree for you.
Food Science and Technology
With a degree in food science and technology in my backpack, I moved to Canada. Even though the food industry employs many people, I found myself explaining what it is a food scientist does on a regular basis. When I tell people that I studied food science and technology, there usually are three possible responses:
- So.. you are a dietitian?
- I don’t know what that means, what do you do?
- Oh… so you are one of the people who adds all the junk to my food and is pushing GMOs.
My response to these reactions doesn’t cover everything, but most often I answer people with the following: ‘Food scientists concern themselves with the science (chemistry, engineering, biology, etc.) necessary for all parts of the food production chain. Food scientists make sure the food you buy in stores or eat in restaurants is safe. They create new and sometimes odd food products like ‘chicken & waffles’ potato chips and some are making sure your products stay fresh and delicious for as long as possible.’
This explanation only covers a few examples of what a food scientist can do. If you want to know more, you should check out the article ‘What is a Food Scientist?’ on [Truthful Science].
While talking about what food scientist do and why I believe it is a very important and interesting line of work, I found that there was a lot to say on the subject. So much so, that I wanted to create a website where I could write about whatever I felt was interesting and useful.
About Truthful Food
Above all else, I value honesty, especially on the internet. There is so much to see and read, that sometimes, it is very difficult to assess the value of what is being offered to you. How do you know the person who created particular content is truthful? What is this article based on? How many people have tried this recipe and does it really taste good?
On this website, I do not only write about what I find interesting and fun, but I also make sure that I research statements I make, to the best of my abilities. (So if you find something that you are sure is not correct, please let me know!) By doing that, I hope that when you are visiting Truthful Food, you can trust that what you are looking at, was created by someone who has your best interests at heart.
Recipes and More
Aside from articles, I publish recipes I develop. I try new creations a few times, and if I decide they are so good that they will become my go-to recipe from that point on, they get published. Before I started this website, I found that it was difficult to decide if a recipe was going to work for me. There are so many cooking books and website out there. How do I know someone took the time to try out the recipe several times to ensure it will always work? I figured that if I would go through the effort of creating my own recipes, trying them out several times and writing down everything other people might enjoy.
Hopefully, Truthful Food will assist you in make incredibly delicious baked goods and maybe it will even help you understand more about the food we all eat. Where does it come from, how is it made, what is the science behind it? By figuring all of this out, it is easier to make better tasting and looking food, but also to eat healthier. Truthful Food aims to combine understandable and reliable information about food with delicious recipes, uniquely developed for all Truthful Foodies!
I hope you enjoy Truthful Food as much as I love creating it, and if you have any suggestions or inquiries, please send me a message on the [contact] page. I would love to hear from you.