When Jayden first joins Short Term 12—a group home for at-risk teens—she introduces herself with an apology. She’s sure the people sitting around her are nice enough, but she doesn’t want to get to know them“Don’t take it personally,” she says as she makes her anti-introduction. Jayden knows the drill all too well: Take your meds, follow the rules, don’t freak out. If you don’t make friends at the foster care facility, it’s easier to leave. But Jayden, played with enormous heart by Kaitlyn Denver, soon realizes what the audience knows from the start—that it’s impossible not to get drawn into the community at Short Term 12.
Every grandchild may proclaim her grandmother the best baker around, but unlike the rest of yours, my grandma has a trophy to prove it. Sitting on top of our dining room cabinet, its shiny plaque declares her the winner of the Beverly Hills Pie Contest. She makes her pies less often today, but when my brother Ross and I were in middle school, we would often come home to a dining room table piled high with Granny Smiths.
In the broadest sense of the word, foodies are harmless. They’re just a group of people intensely curious about food. They flock to every new restaurant, they memorize José Andrés’ cookbook as though it were the Bible, and they scour farmers’ markets for heirloom varieties of little-known vegetables. Though doing such things may seem ridiculous, foodies are, in fact, nothing more than hobbyists.
Even as Amazon packages filled with copies of International Economics and the Oresteia arrived on campus, almost every Georgetown student was still missing a crucial text. If you already own a college cookbook, you can stop reading now. Go make yourself some mushroom risotto and study for midterms.