On sail

captain maurac

There are two kinds of sailboats I know a small something about. The first is the Sunfish, boat of my youth. I sort of learned to sail it, by trial and (mostly) error, as a kid, when my family vacationed lakeside, here on Cape Cod. The second is a frigate, circa 1800, which I learned […]

Sunchoke on this

Jerusalem artichokes. Worst vegetable ever. Except maybe kohlrabi.

All the problems in our food supply – agricultural, nutritional, political – can be traced back to one unfortunate truth about the human condition. Literally. Every problem. One truth. And I’m going to tell you what it is. Ready? Here it is: Jerusalem artichokes are not delicious. I know, I know. You don’t believe me […]

Carnage

Why we like free-ranging chickens. Sort of.

“If you’ve got livestock, you’ve got deadstock,” is how my friend Jen, at Milkweed & Teasel, puts it. Losing animals is a part of keeping animals. You care for them and protect them the best you can, but disease, accidents, and predators will sometimes win. I know this. I’ve told myself this every time we’ve […]

The varnishing point

varnishing

In spring, pretty much everyone – me included – is talking about spring. But can we get serious about seasons for just a minute? Because, really, there are only two, neither of which is spring. There is Not Nearly Enough, and then there is Much Too Much. Because that is how the cycle of food […]

Picture this

Now that it’s spring, we all know what a young man’s fancy turns to – the inadequacy of his photography skills. Oh, wait … that what my fancy turns to. There’s just no answering for young men. I just got back from a ten-day trip (I was in Kenya, but that’s another story), and I […]