Edible San Francisco: Eat it on the Web!

ediblesf.jpgEdible San Francisco editor Bruce Cole recently posted several issues’ worth of features that I thought Ethicurean readers would enjoy.

Cole is the mastermind behind Saute Wednesday, the food and food-politics blog that he launched in 1999 and “unplugged” a few months ago to concentrate on Edible SF. (Being a virtual noob to this scene, I’m scrambling to read through Saute Wednesday’s archives before he takes them down, too.) The magazine covers not just San Francisco but also Marin and San Mateo counties; it’s part of the Edible Communities magazine franchise, to whose Edible Nation blog the indefatigable Cole is also contributing.

Heather Irwin’s “Chickens of the Sea” in Edible SF’s Winter ’06 issue looks at a little-known facet of the Bay Area’s original food scene: that there wasn’t enough to feed all the Gold Rush miners. Irwin covers the Pacific Egg Company, which raided San Francisco’s Farallon Islands for thousands of eggs laid by the common murre, a penguin-like seabird (that I just saw up close this weekend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium). Murre eggs were hardy and twice as big as chicken eggs, with somewhat familiar looking yolks and translucent whites. A dozen sold for the equivalent of more than $50 today — making $5-per-dozen Ferry Building eggs seem like a bargain, and also explaining why Pacific Egg Company’s were the chief ingredient in the famous “Hangtown Fry,” the preferred breakfast of those who struck it rich.

Other appetizing newly posted back features from from Edible San Francisco: a pell-mell cooking narrative from Andy Griffin of Mariquita Farms; a profile of Greenleaf Produce, the farm-to-restaurant distribution pioneer; and Cleo Papanikolas’ first-person account of growing up on a Marin sheep farm with back-to-the-land parents.

So much to read, cook, and eat….

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