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“The Assumption is I’m to Blame for How She Looks.”

“The Assumption is I’m to Blame for How She Looks.”

Update: 2022-11-17


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Today Virginia is chatting with Emiko Davies, an award winning Australian-Japanese food writer, photographer, and cookbook author based in Italy. Her most recent book is Cinnamon & Salt, and she also shares her recipes on her Instagram and in her Substack newsletter,Emiko’s Newsletter.

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Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.


 Julia Turshen on anti-fatness in the food industry

Luna drinking a bowl of minestrone

Emiko's tiramisu recipe

Virginia's New York Times Magazine article about her daughter's feeding differences (also her first book)

Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor

the challenges of plus sized kids clothing

 family meal planning

dumpling soup

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The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram or Twitter.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting independent anti-diet journalism.









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“The Assumption is I’m to Blame for How She Looks.”

“The Assumption is I’m to Blame for How She Looks.”

Virginia Sole-Smith