Make Way for Public Markets?

Make Way for Public Markets?

While farmers’ markets are become more common attractions, public markets like Pike Place or the Pittsburgh Public Market are still fairly hard to come by in urban areas. At a gathering I attended a few years ago in downtown Austin, the breakfast fare said it...
Ernesto’s Choripán Stand

Ernesto’s Choripán Stand

Pedro and his son, Ernesto, have sold choripán sandwiches in Buenos Aires every day for seven years. Pedro Molina’s white teeth reflect the Argentinian sun, making a steady gaze into his eyes almost unbearable. For some reason, his smile reveals only his lower teeth,...
Can Food Be Too Local?

Can Food Be Too Local?

While shooting your own dinner is the sine qua non of localness, you should be allowed to draw the line. At Kelmscott Farm, I raised farm animals that met their death for the sake of high-end restaurants. On a recent weekend, I was shooting birds for sport, and yes,...
Baker’s Holiday

Baker’s Holiday

January is just about the worst time to meet the owner of a bakery in Buenos Aires, or any business owner, for that matter. Marcelo, the owner of La Sud América, a bakery in the Almagro neighborhood in Buenos Aires, was texting me with the news that he would be...
Don’t Cry for Me…

Don’t Cry for Me…

The machines, technology, and gears in our supply chain matter, but so do the soft parts of the system’s underbelly — the human beings that make the thing work. During a recent visit with a meat processor and a pig farmer in Argentina, two men told me disarming...
Curious About the Curiosities

Curious About the Curiosities

Peter Lund Simmonds’ book was the first truly global account of food, and it reflected a fascination with all things foreign. In 1859, The Curiosities of Food was published in London by Peter Lund Simmonds.  At that time, Simmonds joined other Londoners such as...