Archive for June, 2011

thought for food

Saturday, June 18th, 2011
“A complete lack of caution is perhaps one of the true signs of a real gourmet: he has no need for it, being filled as he is with a God-given and intelligently self-cultivated sense of gastronomical freedom.”M.F.K. Fisher


Chamomile in bloom

Friday, June 17th, 2011

The aroma of chamomile in our yard is intoxicating. Such a happy sunny herb. We love the smell, and so do the bees and the butterflies. Combined with the wild roses, it smells pretty good around here.

The garden is fully planted.   I have some rows here and there to fill in with more beets, carrots, beans, lettuces etc. But all the major vegetables are in the ground.  Feels good. Not bad considering how late I started. We’ve got blossoms on the peas and the garlic scapes are curling around themselves. A little more mulching will need to be done when the potatoes get bigger. I tried planting them in holes this year and am building the soil up around them as they grow.  When they get a little higher I will cover their beds in a thick layer of straw mulch and then wait for those flowers.  If Mother Nature would just cooperate and give us a nice long stretch of warm days punctuated with some rain showers, everything will really take off.  Last night we saw our first fireflies.

This has been a bad spring for our chickens.  We started with one (noisy!) rooster and five hens.  We woke up this morning to one (NOISY) rooster. Sigh.  Time to go back to the local farm store and pray that they still have pullets.

I have been pondering something lately that bothers me.  You cannot turn on any media without being bombarded by discount offerings for “your favorite products”. Groupon being the perfect example.  My concern is how can these deals be sustained?  With the economy still suffering (and anyone who tells you otherwise has their head in the sand) I understand the need to be cautious about how and where we spend money.  But if we are all constantly looking to pay less and less for an item, when do we price the market out of existence?  How can we grow as an economy when no one wants to pay the real price for things?  We have certainly seen this in the book business, between Amazon and the eReaders, the price of books has plummeted. How much is a book truly worth anymore?  I wonder.

As July approaches Rabelais is gearing up for the summer season.  We have been enjoying our hiatus, but are ready to ramp up again.  Orders are being placed with publishers.  New books are on their way. Have you heard about the new David Chang project, Lucky Peach? He is working with McSweeney’s and Anthony Bourdain’s production company on a quarterly journal and iPad app. Our copies are on their way to us right now.  We have been told that the American edition of Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi is back in stock, so our order is in.  For those of you far flung, know that when you arrive we will be fully stocked.  We placed an order with the Brits this week.  All sorts of new titles will arrive in the next ten days or so.  And as of July 1st we will go back to seven days a week. Check out our summer launch event, Lobster Role, below.  Look forward to seeing you all, near and far!