Archive for March, 2010

New Farmers

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

In our world there are a couple of different varieties of celebrity. We are all familiar with the Food Network specimens, I will skip those names, you all know who they are. Some of those folks engender loyalty, others rancor. Then there are the chefs abroad in the world who have their own fans, often by no feat of their own publicity, just because people love their food. Grant Achatz comes to mind. Within the world of agriculture there are a couple of notable figures: Joel Salatin; Will Allen; Eliot Coleman, and a collection of faceless demons: Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland come to mind. Since being here in Maine we have been introduced to a community that gets little press but is wholly remarkable if for nothing other than their optimism: the journeyperson farmers. Here is a link to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners  website with the list of this years class. Go take a look at them, read their stories and feel a little better about the planet.

New book of Julia Child correspondence to be published this December

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The NYTimes reports the planned publication of a new book of Julia’s correspondence with editor Avis Devoto. from the time surrounding and following the publications of Mastering the Art. The book is due out this December.