For the love of food

How can you not love food when in Italy, especially when you are at Terra Madre? But something different is happening to me. Something less utilitarian. I’m “feeling” the flavors, because I am among people with reverence for food. For the thousands of different types of squashes and beans and apples and grains. This wheat versus that one. The soil, the air, the length of the season. I don’t really taste the difference myself –

Terra Madre: Opening Ceremony

Terra Madre is the biannual Slow Food Conference to build and connect the movements for good, clean and fair food … and I’m here for the first time. I consider it a pilgrimage of sorts, paying homage to the millions of people around the world who grow, process, distribute and defend real food and the hundreds of organizations that work on different slivers of the pie. so to speak. The opening ceremony last night stirred

10-Day Local Food Challenge Update: 9/16

To get these updates sign up for the Local Food Challenge mailing list] “A local eating challenge is a crash course in reconnection, putting us back in touch with the people who produce our food, the landscapes we live in, and even our own bodies. It is philosophy and politics lived out loud, a delicious demand for a new way of eating.” —J.B. MacKinnon, author, The 100-Mile Diet and The Once and Future World The

Tada! 10-Day Local Food Challenge Begins

Greetings! Since Blessing the Hands that Feed Us came out in January, I’ve gone from author to activist with a passion for restoring regional food systems so we-the-eaters can have more fresh, local food and our food producers can have more fresh money in their pockets. Especially exciting is the 10-Day Local Food Challenge. Click here to read all about it. Simply put, in October you’re invited to join an experiment: can you, for just

What’s in your 100-mile eating circle?

Ready Set Eat! Coming soon a game we can play together: the 10-Day/100 mile Local Food Challenge. I’ll post the game plan, mini-manual and helpful tools by the end of August. Any 10-days in September through November you can join in. For now, I stumbled on a tool to find a radius on a map, so I plugged in my home town and 100 miles to see where I will source my food during the