• Books

    My out-of-the-kitchen obsessions

    My friends and family can regularly attest to the volumes of “light reading” that seem to pile up around the house. I always have a book in my purse, a stack of 8 or 10 from the library on my desk, and far too many subscriptions in my RSS feed. I inhale cooking and gardening writing with the same pleasure (and hefty appetite) as local food. Decided to take a break and share some of the things I’ve dined on lately: The Perennial Plate This site puts my creative thinking about local food to shame, is inventive and just plain good. The squirrel hunting epsiode is hysterical. Tender: A Cook…

  • Books,  Eating

    The book that started it all…

    Question: So how did this local food thing start? Answer: February 2010 I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the remarkable true story of how one family comes to know local food, sustainability, and living simply.  It charts their first year of a locavore diet and was an inspiration for my own journey.  The book is spotted with humor and some surprising data on the status of our food system. It literally transformed the way I felt about food page by page. Now, I will never argue that reading this same book will convince you to cold turkey begin a locavore diet, nor will I insist that it is the one…