New Year, New Focus

You’ll notice some changes around here.

It is no longer possible for me to write about food in the same way I have been. There are so many reasons for that, too many to share here, and really, that’s not the point.

What I can say with certainty, is that what people eat is not always what they would choose to eat if they had choices, and that many, many people in the United States have little to no choice in what foods they buy, eat, or feed to their families. Many, many people in the United States do not eat at all on any given day.

This blog has been about cooking local, seasonal, fresh food since its beginnings. But it has also been, in the background, about cooking food at home, cooking to feed yourself and your family, cooking what your family likes, and doing the best you can with what you have. It is these ideas that I will be putting front and center from now on.

I want to focus more clearly on home cooking, but that is not all that will be different here. Food is more than what’s on your plate or in your shopping cart. Food is personal, but it is also cultural, historical, and yes, food is political, and I believe it’s more important than ever to try to understand food’s significance from all these different perspectives.

To that end, I will be reading and reviewing books about food and cooking, and sharing those here. I will be sharing more food news from around the web. I will be writing more posts from an historical, origin-based, deep-dive “do you know where your food comes from” perspective. (Spoiler: Almost nothing we eat in the United States originated here.)

I will also be making a greater effort to spotlight hunger in the United States. It is more widespread and common than you may think. It is the responsibility of those of us who can help end hunger in America to do so, and I want to do more to make that happen.

It’s going to be very different around here, I know, but it’s time. I hope you’ll find the changes as exciting as I do. Thanks for reading.

  1. I am sorry I haven’t had much time to visit lately (for reasons of moving to yet another country), but this post caught my eye, and I have to give you thumbs-up here. There is, indeed, entirely too much developed-nation hunger, hunger that passes under the radar of too many people, in the United States, and it is worth talking about, and highlighting it.

    Once upon a time I used to work in the food industry in the States (back when I lived there for a while), and I am a legal scholar in EU food law. If you want to talk about these issues, drop me a note via contact form on my site. Glad to see you are still around and writing!

    Veronika

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    1. Thank you! I have been following your relocation adventure. I will keep you in mind for some future conversations. Enjoy your new home.

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      1. Thank you! It’s been rather crazy the last couple of years, and we are tired (as I have been writing in just about every post), but it’s amazingly beautiful here, and we moved into this tiny agricultural village in a large municipality in the mountains which mostly consists of mountain farms. I can’t wait to drive around and sample all the local farm shops’ offerings come spring and summer – there are a remarkable number of small producers here (like the grain mill in the next valley that sells barley and barley flour, and probably supplies local breweries, which are also excellent), and it makes me so happy! A rather nice thing is that a lot of those small producers actually sell their products locally – in the chain supermarkets! (Which is how I came to realize how many there are without driving all over the place yet!) I guess they make deals with the local managers and buyers, because fresh fruit and veg, cheese, butter, and grains are all sold alongside larger manufacturers’ brands.

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