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Food Writing for Your Kindle

By • August 6, 2012 • 1 Comment


Save this one for your next commute, train ride, or Sunday morning cup of coffee -- The Bygone Bureau, a really fantastic online arts and culture magazine, has published its first e-book, The Biggest Yam. The topic? Food writing, with 11 essays hand-picked from their archives.

Why an e-book about food, when The Bygone Bureau publishes all sorts of essays? From the introduction by editor Kevin Nguyen: "Although The Bygone Bureau has never been a site specifically about food, we realized that over the past five years, we've talked a lot about food -- stories of cooking, eating, and being very full. Also, it gave us the opportunity to title something The Biggest Yam."

The essays in The Biggest Yam include a barista's plea for better treatment, a plain-foodist's manifesto ("No cream cheese or butter? Jelly?" "Just plain."), no fewer than three stories of cooking disasters, and yes, a piece about a really enormous root vegetable.

The e-book is the perfect length for a lazy afternoon or a well-deserved coffee break, and its price is nothing to balk at, either. Read the first essay here, download the whole thing to your Kindle or iPhone, and get ready to indulge.

Download The Biggest Yam: Food Writing from The Bygone Bureau from Amazon

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Kickstarter Love: The Boxcar Grocer

By • July 25, 2012 • 0 Comments


Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, an inventive new grocery store in Atlanta, GA. 

Convenience stores typically aren't much to write home about, but the The Boxcar Grocer in Atlanta, GA is redefining what a convenience store can be. They're making the convenice store a socially conscious, locally focused community center stocked with products that are healthy for their customers and their community. Sounds like just the type of convenience store we'd like to shop at!

After careers in fashion retail, nightclub management and working in a wine bar, brother-sister team Alphonso and Alison came together to open The Boxcar Grocer in hopes of providing a better grocery option to a community overlooked by traditional retailers. The two have their hands full stocking their shelves with all-natural products, offering prepared sandwiches and working with the community, but they don't want to stop there. They have plans to start a Pop Food program, which they describe as "an innovative farmer's market style food court located inside our store," as well as expand their inventory, and bring in a greater variety of fresh produce. And they're committed to opening three more stores in food desserts by 2014.

Sounds to us like Alison and Alphonso have their hands full with some exciting projects. Why not check out their Kickstarter page and see how you can help out! 

The Boxcar Grocer from Kickstarter 

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Goop Goes to Prune

By • July 23, 2012 • 0 Comments


Gwyneth Paltrow -- actress, cookbook author, country music singer, Goop proprietress -- is kind of like an anchovy: you either love her or you really, really don't. (I will admit only that I adore anchovies, and that in 2010 we welcomed Paltrow to FOOD52 as a Piglet judge.)

So when it comes to Gabrielle Hamilion -- author of Blood, Bones & Butter (in Anthony Bourdain's words, the "best memoir by a chef ever") and known for her take-it-or-leave-it delicacies like sardines, beef tongue, and, yes, anchovies at New York's Prune -- you can understand why the food world is up in arms about the recent rumor that Paltrow is in talks to act Hamilton's part in a film adaptation of the memoir.

Is the news true, and will the casting director decide on Paltrow to play the salty, independent chef? We can't say. But by all means, let's keep the debate for or against it gooping -- sorry going -- on forever.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Blood Bones & Butter from LA Weekly

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Eat This: Lunch at The High Line

By • July 23, 2012 • 2 Comments


Have you ever eaten at The High Line Park in New York City? It's an amazing elevated rail line that has been reclaimed into a public park with gorgeous greenery, an incredible view (as seen above!), walking paths, a fountain...and a world-class food selection that makes it the perfect outdoor spot for a lunch meeting or just a quick bite.

On a recent lunch trip, we visited three FOOD52 pals -- Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina, Northern Spy, and Blue Bottle Coffee -- with food stands there! (Along with many other New York restaurants like Terroir, which has a full beer garden, Bark, and the People's Pops.)

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Food Poem Fridays

By • July 20, 2012 • 5 Comments



We ran a food poem once, for the explicit purpose of starting our days off with a different kind of food writing, to be read over our very first cup of coffee. After that first cup, the rest is almost always dedicated to food feature articles and recipes and headnotes, so we figured that a bit of food musing, spun into poetic form, was a welcome change of pace. 

So, then: our official first poem of Food Poem Fridays is a manifesto of sorts on the ideals of life, written by Wendell Berry. Read slowly, sip your coffee, and then head off to work. 

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry 


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Kickstarter Love: El Poblano Farm

By • July 17, 2012 • 1 Comment


Each week in Kickstarter Love, Feed52 will feature a Kickstarter project that focuses on food and the community. Basically, it’s about cool people doing cool things with food. This week, a new farm growing a bounty of rare Mexican produce.

The herbs pipiche, papalo and epazote might not sound familiar to you, but enterprising farmer Gudelio Garcia is bringing these Mexican flavors to New Yorkers with his new venture, El Poblano Farm. He grows all sorts of Mexican herbs and vegetables not otherwise available this far north - and New Yorkers are catching on. You can catch his produce at local restaurants and farmers' markets, or sign up for a home delivery (which can be paid for using food stamps). 

Garcia started his farm on a one-acre plot on Staten Island in 2010, and the popularity of his herbs and produce at New York farmers' markets and among restaurant chefs allowed him to expand his operation to a ten-acre farm in New Jersey. That's where you come in! Garcia still needs to finish planting his New Jersey farm for the late summer and fall season, and start a seed bank for next year's crop. He's raising money to get his larger farm into full gear, where he'll be growing more than 60 varities of herbs and produce. 

Which is all good news to us, considering we can't wait to use his herbs and vegetables in everything from Guacamole (which he tells us is traditionally prepared using the Mexican herb papalo instead of cilantro) to taco toppings!

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