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Olive Oil’s Sublime and Scandalous Story

Sublime, of course. But Scandalous… Really?

Indeed, the world of olive oil is more than old Italian men and women pruning their ancient groves and mashing olive fruits by stone. It involves tanker trucks contaminated with chemicals, petrochemical adulteration of oils, Mafioso-owned lands, and so much more. Who knew the iconic, humble olive could be so complicated?

July 16th

Onion Panade Recipe from “Poor Man’s Feast” By Elissa Altman

There could be nothing to eat in the house—no meat, no fish, no chicken, no pasta, no rice, no nothing—but if you have a big onion, some leftover bread, some cheese, and some broth of any kind, you’ve got the makings for this dish, which is peasant food at its finest. Anyone who knows soupe a l’oignon gratinée understands that it’s just an excuse to eat the soup-soaked bread, and bubbly, crunchy brown cheese that cascades over the sides of the bowl. This onion panade is exactly that: unctuously delicious onion soup, without the soup.

April 10th

The Art Of Clean Up [Book Review]

I was sent a review copy of The Art of Clean Up, a new book of photographs by Swiss artist, Ursus Wehrli, and everyone in my family (ages 7 -50) fell instantly in love with it. As his bio says, Wehrli is “a man of obsessive order” and that truth is wonderfully and stunningly revealed in The Art of Clean Up.

March 19th

“Making Home” Helps You Live With Less Stuff

Want to be more resilient in the face of hard times? Interested in embracing a simpler, and truly more abundant reality? Then a new book, Making Home: Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place, by Sharon Astyk may be for you. This impressive new book helps you live with less “stuff” and use the resources you already have to […]

November 19th

Children’s Book Review: Allergies, and Awesome You!

Allergies are one of the most common afflictions of Americans today, especially in children. “My allergies are acting crazy today!” “Here, have one of my [insert allergy drug here].” As an ex-child with asthma and allergies, now a fully-fledged adult with the sniffles and wheezes, I was drawn to review Dr. Atul N. Shah’s book for kids, Allergies, and Awesome You!

August 18th

Fitness for Geeks

The World Health Organization estimates that lifestyle-oriented diseases will cost the global economy $30 trillion over the next 20 years (that includes smoking and alcohol abuse, as well as chowing down sugary and salt-laden snack foods). What’s going on here—why do we have such a massive health crisis? Don’t our experts have an incredibly deep […]

May 11th

Ecovore Book Review: Tomatoland

Slavery, pollution, pesticide poisoning, birth defects, salad… what do these things have in common? Yes! Your Florida-grown winter tomato! Ecovores and others who want their grocery dollars supporting sustainable, ethical food production: Tomatoland is an eye-opener, well worth reading.

February 7th