Seed Saver Sculpture

In early summer, my partner Alex gathered his family together to plant a garden in the raised beds behind his childhood home. Over a few days they cleared the wild plants that had taken roots, spread fresh soil, and planted a bevy of summer produce and herbs. The summer drew on, and Alex and I…

Lessons from the Produce Department

This past summer, I worked in the Produce department of a large supermarket in Portland, Oregon. This work allowed me to peek into the intersection of food production and consumption at the most common point of exchange: in the grocery store. It changed the way I look at food on the shelf, the way I…

Alice Waters Reading List

To prepare for my Alice Waters Potluck, I’ve been reading as much as I can about Alice, Chez Panisse, Terroir, and California Cuisine. Here are some amazing books and articles I’ve found and enjoyed, but first, I’ll share an excerpt from the preface of Waters’ memoir, Coming to My Senses: “Here is how I cook:…

Brazilian Beach Barbecue

A beach day on the southeastern coast of Brazil requires many supplies beyond a towel and sunscreen.  Your day trip from São Paulo is well provisioned and won’t be complete without chairs, tables, multiple barbecue grills, coolers, cups, and dishware, as well as a speaker blaring music.  The food that best sustains an all-day beach…