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Aiming for Real Food

When I was conceptualizing The Scholar and the Savage, I always knew I wanted to avoid making “just another food blog.” With millions of recipe sites and tons of pictorial “food porn," I wanted to offer something unique - something grounded in my English major background, and something that appealed to my interest in nature.… Continue reading Aiming for Real Food

Cooking

In his poem "Onions," William Matthews writes, "How easily happiness begins by dicing onions" (n.p.). Indeed, there is something about the rituals of meal preparation that is both sacred and therapeutic - and just the thing to drive away winter blues. Cooking is an exclusively human activity that followed our mastery of fire. According to… Continue reading Cooking

The Bounty and Beauty of Winter Farmer’s Markets

Lost Barn Farms root vegetables and garlic varieties. We finally made it to a Vermont farmer's market and we were utterly enchanted by the experience. I mistakenly thought that since we moved here in November, we had to wait to enjoy farmer's markets until the warmer months. But our new area is quietly bountiful even… Continue reading The Bounty and Beauty of Winter Farmer’s Markets

The Alchemy of Fat

Tomorrow is the winter solstice, but today it was mercifully warm in Vermont. As the old snow and ice coverings melt, disappear, and reappear in the fluctuating temperature, I am reminded of one of my favorite culinary pursuits: rendering fat. It's the perfect activity to symbolize this time of year because fat behaves and looks… Continue reading The Alchemy of Fat

Experiential Food

Experience flavors food as much as any spice." This post is inspired by an experiment in Conversations in Food Studies, “Stirring the Pot: The Performatives of Making Food Texts” (Brady et al 52-72). Participants are challenged to come up with an ingredient with both positive and negative personal associations, and must cook it for the… Continue reading Experiential Food

Food Studies and Ecocriticism

Ecocritical literature...makes us conscious of our relationships to the natural world, to our humanity and our mortality...Food is universal and essential to life, just like death - and life and death is the engine of nature. Ecocriticism, a literary discipline, is perhaps the best thing to happen to food studies. Though it eludes simple definition,… Continue reading Food Studies and Ecocriticism

Woodfire Cooking

It is remarkable what a value is still put upon wood even in this age and in this new country, a value more permanent and universal than that of gold. After all our discoveries and inventions no man will go by a pile of wood.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden One of the purposes of this… Continue reading Woodfire Cooking