Beginning in 2001 — way before the Ethicurean launched — an art-school dropout and ex-knife salesman named Bruce Cole was publishing biting food-politics posts and news coverage at a blog called Saute Wednesday. Bruce was one of our first regular readers and commenters, then became an adviser and a friend. Now he's my boss….sorta. (I boss him more than he does me.)
In October, I became the part-time deputy editor of Edible San Francisco, the magazine for which Bruce shut down Saute Wednesday. (He still blogs occasionally at Edible Nation.) I think we're a good team: Bruce knows just about everyone in the food world, and I know where to put the semicolons and the pithy pull-quotes.
Our first issue together came out mid-December, with an elegant new design by the ever-patient Deborah Stalford. Bruce is in the process of posting the articles on ESF's spiffy new website; I'll link the rest of these up as he posts them.
I have a story in it, about the women behind Avedano's meat market in Bernal Heights and the longtime butcher who's mentoring them; Novella Carpenter has a piece on Live Power Community Farm
(not yet posted), a biodynamic CSA; Tea Austen Weaver writes about today's Victory gardens in San Francisco; Twilight Greenaway scrutinizes the organic industry's labor practices; and Andy Griffin of Mariquita Farm reminisces about broccoli and the industry's beginnings. There's a lot more, including haiku versions of Pollan's "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants."
I'm very proud of it, but I don't think the Web version really does it justice. Locals can find the Winter issue at the Ferry Building, at various places around San Francisco; the rest of you might consider subscribing. Bruce is boldly taking the magazine bimonthly with the February issue, the first Edible to brave this path (gulp): subscriptions are $36 for 6 issues.
We're always looking for more good writers, and we have plenty of room for advertisements, too; ESF's rates are very affordable.