Contributed a profile of the Togolese millet/sorghum home-brew tchoukoutou to Gastro Obscura. Tchouk was “the drink” (la boisson) to locals in my Peace Corps community in Togo, providing everyday refreshment as well as playing a featured role in formal rituals.
Earth Flavors, the project profiling local ingredients that I’ve been producing the past couple of years, is coming to a close. I just posted a final reflection article on the site, identifying some tenets of western North Carolina’s “locavorian terroir.” Read it at earthflavors.net, or the final version in Mountain Xpress here.
Article on food trucks — the closest the US has to street food? — in last week’s Mountain Xpress.
On the trail of fairy potatoes, a.k.a. air potatoes, cinnamon vine, shan yao, and Chinese yam, I run into several interesting characters. #EarthFlavor20. Also in Mountain Xpress here as “Fairy food: WNC’s wild air potatoes satisfy appetites, feed imaginations.”
The following audio piece is a fairy potato treasure hunt incorporating elements of Cherokee, Celtic, and Chinese folklore and a bit o’ magic:
Thai fire, Sicilian silver, German red: The world of garlic is far more exotic than one might expect from perusing the supermarket aisles. Root Bottom Farm owners Morgan and Sarah Decker are working to spread the word about the diverse types of the pungent, flavorful bulb that can be grown in Western North Carolina. #EarthFlavor19
The latest Earth Flavors profile is up, on the wild green and edible seed called lambsquarters (first known to me as unnuca). Thanks to Alan Muskat of No Taste Like Home for sharing his foraging philosophy and prompting me to connect sense of home and bricolage.
From paleo to vegan to good ol’ Southern comfort food, Asheville’s colorful and diverse salad of food philosophies helps shape our city’s identity.
I’ve been talking with a lot of folks this summer about what they eat and why. The result: “You Are What You Eat: The many faces of Foodtopia,” a gathering and analysis of food philosophies, out today as the cover story in Mountain Xpress.
A Spanish language book review of Seidl’s The Sophisticated Savage was recently published in the Ecuadorian magazine La Revista out of Guayaquíl. The review was published on July 5th of this year, after, says the author, “A book falls into my hands, and I devour it in half an afternoon.” The Sophisticated Savage was published in 2009.