Finding Flour: The Quest for Comfort Food During the COVID-19 Lockdown

Theresa A. Vaughan (University of Central Oklahoma)

When the Covid pandemic led to a shut-down of all but essential services, many turned to baking to both relieve anxiety and comfort themselves during the lockdown. Unfortunately, this meant an almost immediate scarcity of flour. The quest for flour led to creative means of trying to work around the scarcity. In a time of profound discomfort, the quest for flour, a necessary ingredient in comfort baking, turned into a discomforting reminder of abnormality. This paper will examine my own profound discomfort at my inability to find flour as well as interviews from others who turned to comfort baking.

Part of 36-06 Comfort Foodways During the COVID-19 Pandemic , Wednesday, October 20, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm