Food is analogue?

There’s a problem I’ve noticed when foodie folks start talking about the future of healthy sustainable eating. We’re not always using consistent language. The conversation usually starts with food in the context of a fundamental element as necessary for life as air, water or sex. But then the discussion quickly moves to policy or health …

You shall not boil a kid in its mother’s milk.

Sometimes I get an idea in my head about doing/creating/eating something and I just won’t let it go, until I get it out of my head and in to the world.  It keeps me up at night, it peppers my conversation, it directs my reading.  It might be a trip, a pop-up community event or …

An empty plate

This piece is cross posted on North Shore ArtThrob. Food is a profoundly powerful vehicle: for vitamins and minerals, of course, but also for social conventions, cultural values, and personal proclivities. In Michael Hollinger’s An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf, playing at the Salem Theatre Company through December 17, the food as …

strangers aka friends we haven’t met yet

It goes without saying that our Thanksgiving invite lists should include close friends and family. Perhaps it is worth saying though that strangers and potential enemies were present at that first Thanksgiving too.  It was about adventure and risk, not safety and tradition. This Thanksgiving I did not join my parents for a steak dinner …

a professional nourisher

Since hanging up my hiking boots and earning my compostela I wear many hats these days: campaign manager, magazine editor, chef. It’s this last turn as a professional nourisher that has perhaps brought the most excitement into my life. Last Tuesday, for instance: The brief: prepare dinner for 25, including 15 visiting curators in training, three …