Farms Before Space

Or "Grassfed Musings in the Time of Fake Meat" Summer's in full splendor, farmer's markets are teeming, and it's time to blog again. Once mud season finally surrendered to the riotous, fern-rich green of Vermont in the spring, I jumped headfirst into as many outdoor pursuits as possible. I explored. I hiked. I foraged. I… Continue reading Farms Before Space

The Slow Sweet Season

I can say with absolute certainty that I've never appreciated springtime more than this moment. In this blog I've written about snow melting and ice thawing, and the world coming back to life. But I found out the hard way that in Vermont, spring is slow and sweet. There's a lot of mud, rain, even… Continue reading The Slow Sweet Season

Steak and Gratitude

Who has not sometimes derived an inexpressible satisfaction from his food in which appetite had no share?” (Thoreau 117). ...the human desire to eat meat is not....a trivial matter, a mere gastronomic preference...Rather, our meat eating is something very deep indeed." (Pollan 315). I am not sure exactly what it is about beef steak that… Continue reading Steak and Gratitude

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

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

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