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Meet Iaretzi and James Ford of Maize and Honey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Iaretzi and James Ford.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
We are a husband and wife team that wanted a way to explore food and bring people together. Maize and Honey began as a mutual love of food, where it comes from and how it’s grown, and our relationship with food throughout history.

We both share a great passion for food and each have interests in how food works: James is interested in how food is grown and how they are prepared in different cultures. Izzie is interested in the history of food and how foods that were native to one place or culture has been shared and adopted by others. As we have lived, traveled, and moved around the country we have had the opportunity to learn about different cultures and try regional foods.

One thing we consistently experienced while delving into all things food-related is the connection we as people have with food, and the very strong emotional ties we have to the dishes we grew up eating. We wanted to explore this topic from a different perspective and share our passion and experiences with food with others around the world.

We started a blog in order to document the foods and cultures we learn about. In addition to documenting what we try, we wanted to share the foods we cook and re-create dishes that inspire us. As we expanded into social media we were immediately taken by how much further we could connect with people all over the world and share this common but deeply ingrained love of food.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have been a lot of technical challenges in our journey. We learned how to run and operate a website. Navigating through different social media platforms can be a challenge as each one has its unique user culture and language.

Please tell us more about your work.
Maize and Honey is all about food- We engage with organizations, people, and cultures from around the world to learn about the food our planet and its people produce.

We recreate dishes from our own cultures and childhoods, such as regional Mexican dishes, Texas bbq, and healthy farm-fresh meals, and re-create dishes that we have explored.

We are most proud of the connections we have made with others who share the passion we have for food. We believe we are set apart by our drive to not only share good looking or tasting food but also exploring and understanding what goes into those foods.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
We appreciate how our journey so far has evolved and take on the challenges we have encountered as an opportunity to learn something new or see something from a new perspective. We would not change what we have done but instead, look forward to all aspects of what lies ahead for us.

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