Two recipes – and lots of opinions – from ‘Farmers Market Desserts’ author Jennie Schacht

Summer fruits from the farmers market are the supermodels of the produce world. Just like Heidi Klum doesn't need makeup to be beautiful, a super-fresh White Lady peach or Seascape strawberry doesn't need extra sweetening or seasoning to shine. But given the right recipe—one designed expressly for fruit and...

The ‘femivore’: New breed of feminist, or frontier throwback?

Cross-posted from Grist, where I am serving as deputy food editor (part time). Have locavores and feminists -- factions that a few years ago, some bloggers believed to be fundamentally at odds -- become allies? That's what Peggy Orenstein suggests in her essay, "The Femivore's Dilemma," for today's New York...

Ethicurean nominated for Treehugger Best of Green award!

The Ethicurean has been nominated for a TreeHugger.com Best of Green award, in the Food & Health category. The Best of Green Awards recognize "the people, companies and ideas doing the best in walking the sustainability walk within their respective fields," and the candidates are suggested by readers...

What’s P-Cresol and why is it in my food? “Don’t Eat That” iPhone app will tell you

A simple little iPhone app launched a few days ago that demystifies the ingredient lists of processed food. Called "Don't Eat That" (link to App Store), it's a database of information on more than 1,500 food additives and ingredients, broken out into red-lettered lists for those that are believed to be...

It takes a city to save a farm: How the Bay Area food and farming community helped Soul Food Farm recover from a devastating fire

I posted previously on Ethicurean (here and here) about the September fire at Soul Food Farm, a relatively new but well-known pillar of the Bay area food scene. The detailed account that follows will soon appear in Edible San Francisco, and while it recaps some of what I've written before, I post it here in...

Hatching plans to save Soul Food Farm

Thank you to everyone who's donated to the Soul Food Farm Fire Fund to date, and for all your supportive comments on my last post about the devastating blaze at the Vacaville chicken farm. Since I last wrote, I've gotten a blog installed and set up for the farm, and spoken to Alexis about what exactly the...

Scorched pastures and lost birds at Soul Food Farm

The Bay Area's well-known, much-loved Soul Food Farm was devastated by a fire last night, I learned this morning from a heartbreaking email sent to friends by Soul Food's Alexis Koefoed. Alexis and I were in the middle of setting up a Community Supported Agriculture program for Soul Food's pastured chickens...

Memo to raw-milk advocates: Improve information, or get sued

Fifty veterinarians and others concerned with food safety gathered at a raw milk symposium last Sunday in Seattle. Sponsored by the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA), “The Raw Milk Conundrum” featured speakers from nearly every regulatory agency in this country,  food safety academics, and...

Who’s afraid of Big Bad Agribiz? Not “Food Inc.” — but eaters and farmers may be

You've most likely heard about "Food, Inc.," the new documentary about the U.S. industrial food system. (Watch trailer, embedded above right.) The buzz for the film is intense, amplified by an aggressive marketing campaign by Participant Media Productions (the people who midwifed "An Inconvenient Truth," to...

“The Failure of Science”: New paper makes a damning case against genetically modified food crops

"Doom and gloomers." That's what my father used to call people who talked about global warming not as a chance to work on their tans, but as something that ought to be keeping humankind up at night. He'd toss the newspaper aside, or change the subject at dinner. He still does, in fact. Fortunately much of...

It’s about volume, not price: How Straus Family Creamery is weathering the organic dairy storm

U.S. dairy farmers are in a fight for their lives. Things are really bad, particularly in California, where there have already been two suicides, reports the LA Times. Conventional wisdom has it that there's an oversupply of U.S. milk caused by plummeting demand both domestic and international. But as the...

Postcard from the Sustainable Foods Institute in Monterey

I'm here in Monterey for the Sustainable Foods Institute, which the Monterey Bay Aquarium (creator of the Seafood Watch pocket guide) puts on for members of the media before its monster Cheffapalooza event this weekend, Cooking for Solutions. This year there are two full days of programs about issues in...

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