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Grubbing up against strangers in Berkeley

I used to make fun of the Dairy Queen Mother for talking to strangers everywhere she went — in elevators, grocery stores, even movie-theater bathrooms. Actually, she still does it, and I still tease her about it, partly because she has no "psychodar" (sorry, Mom). But when the subject is SOLE food, I'm...

Food from the Heart festival at Ferry Building tonight

There's a benefit for Slow Food tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Admission to "Food from the Heart" is free, and the marketplace's merchants and restaurateurs will be offering seasonal hors d'oeuvres for $2 each, while Slow Food will pour interesting wines to taste for...

Digest: Packer ban, organic schism, organic cloning, “ethical” foie gras

Meat monopoly busters: A new "packer ban" bill introduced by Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin seeks to prohibit the large meatpackers from buying and raising their own livestock, which leads to price gouging and shutting out small farmers and ranchers. This is really big news, as it would basically...

Sprouting a new appreciation

A big shout-out to all you passionate Brussel-sprout lovers — Stonefruit in particular — as I have finally had a pleasant experience with the cabbagey kids! I waited until the weather turned frosty, as what's bad for citrus is good for sweetening Brassica oleracea, you all said, to buy some loose, tightly...

Ayote gets my vote

I want everyone to see this squash. In fact, I want everyone to taste this squash. It's from Finca Pura Vida, a certified organic farm in Fayetteville, TX which sells goods at the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market on Saturdays. The little girl's name is Giselle. When I began taking pictures of this amazing...

Digest: Economist weighs in, epic fish tale, Schlosser on food safety …

The Economist: In a sign that it has reached true zeitgeist level, the venerable U.K. magazine takes on the idea of voting with your forks. While we'd dispute some of the cavalier claims from interested parties that organic agriculture is no better for the environment than industrial, the article makes some...

Digest: Organic Pastures epic, GM & heritage spuds, Slow Food UK

L.A. Times Magazine: A gripping, epic story about Organic Pastures dairy, the E. coli cases linked to its raw milk, and the family history of owner Mark McAfee, which goes a long way to explaining his defiance in the face of officials. [DQ says: Although we don't drink much milk, I've been shelling out the...

Digest: Thanksgiving thanks, meat making, whale blubber salad

Grist: Tom Philpott explains why Thanksgiving can often suck, as "people not socialized to cook and eat together can be expected to bare their fangs when they're forced to do so." But it doesn't have to, and we should reclaim it. New York Times: Peter Hoffman, owner and chef of Savoy, has a long op-ed about...

Super soup: Cream o’ carrots ‘n’ leeks

Well, I didn't manage to use up all of the produce in my fridge before I left, but I made a valiant effort, even having leftover kale and a salad together in one meal. I did have to discard some arugula from the Eatwell box that I had let go too long. It's funny how much guiltier I felt throwing it away...

Gobble, gobble: A turkey primer and resource guide

Most Americans learned in elementary school that the first Thanksgiving meal was actually a harvest feast with which the Pilgrims celebrated growing their first successful New World crops: corn, squash, and beans. What they didn't tell us was that the first European settlers preferred to dine on salt meat...

Digest: Beyond organic; eco-celebs; faster, Slow Food, faster!

The Independent (UK): Article by Wendy Fogarty of Slow Food UK says buying organic is only half the battle, and that while bashing "Big Organic" for what it's not is counterproductive, British consumers still need to get on board with local and seasonal. Grist: Yolanda Crous's amusing report from the "green...

Digest: Pin the tale on the pig, Gourmet politics, SplenDOHP

L.A. City Beat: Last month's E.coli outbreak has hurt spinach farmers, but it's interesting how fast blame shifted from produce growers to cattle ranchers to feral pigs. This article asks whether attention can be redirected back to the true culprit — feedlots — and if the Central Valley will be forced to...

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