Tag: agriculture

Bitter Sweet: The Price of Sugar

| November 3, 2007 | 8 Comments

In London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is a small, silver sugar bowl from the late 1700s, complete with a tiny latch for a tiny lock. The mistress of the house would have kept the key herself, as sugar was far too precious to leave unprotected. Today, sugar flows freely at every table. No longer spice […]

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Sharing Food Among the Sikh

| October 6, 2007 | 4 Comments

Every year, on the first Sunday of November, tens of thousands of Sikh from across the U.S. and Canada travel to Yuba City for the largest gathering of their extended community in North America. It’s the only public festival I’ve seen in this country where not a single piece of food is sold, yet I […]

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Ze’ev Vered’s Garden

Ze’ev Vered’s Garden

| August 19, 2007 | 6 Comments

The pot of chives was waiting for me in Moraga. Little did I know there was an entire afternoon of wonder in store for me when I went to pick it up. With just his hands, a shovel and a wheelbarrow, 79-year old Ze’ev Vered has shaped seven terraces of gardens and orchards. Trees bearing […]

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Plumcots, Apriums, Pluots and Their Father of Invention

| May 28, 2007 | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year. When Bay Area markets are jumping with stone fruits. Names whimsical, actual and unpronounceable and downright silly fill signage over mysterious glowing orbs. People want to know, “What’s the difference between a pluot and a plumcot, a nectarcot and an aprium? Why all the funny names? What happened to the […]

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Rhubarb-Verbena Sabayon, The Pastry Chef Conference

Rhubarb-Verbena Sabayon, The Pastry Chef Conference

| May 7, 2007 | 1 Comment

Shuna Lydon & Sherry Yard, both on team #1. A number of months ago I received an email from an old pastry chef of mine, Stephen Durfee, who is now an instructor at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone campus in Napa Valley. He was letting me know I would soon receive an invitation to […]

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Delicious. A Love Poem

| April 1, 2007 | 1 Comment

Apricots AlmondsLeeks vinaigrettegentle flavoured grainssweet fresh rice. almond blossom teagreen and blackthe cathedral inside the fig treesleaves like large handsblush stripedand blue black purple figsripe and heavythe heft of grapefruittangerine oil, when peel is pulled backscent of lemon in my handseucalyptus honeybay laurel leaves, definitive greenjuniper berries and pineconestheir nuts burrowed deep insideQuince perfumes house […]

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Brain Food: Local Events & Exhibits

| March 18, 2007 | 1 Comment

In this age of Google and Wikipedia, it’s easy to forget the joy of getting lost for hours deep in the stacks of a three-dimensional library. To entice you back to these important anchors of our community, here’s a short list of culinary exhibits and events worth adding to your list of food adventures: READING […]

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