• 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…

  • Books,  Cooking

    Channeling Julia Child

    I am finishing up my first draft for my Women in Leadership final exam and have decided to write about Julia Child. I’m reading My Life in France as well as a new collection of her correspondence with Avis DeVoto called As Always, Julia. Both books have helped me in the writing process and in realizing how much can be attained from studying the life of my favorite culinary legend. What Julia has taught me today: 1. Be patient. Julia’s greatest achievements came well into her 40’s which runs contrary to my anxiety that because I haven’t “found my calling” by my mid-twenties I have essentially failed. She was patient…