Makings of a Manifesto :: 5 Books that still inspire me

I came to traditional foods and urban farming first through my slow-food Food Cart, Fold Crêperie way back in 2003-6. I was one of the first food-carts to use organic farm-based ingredients and Slow food principles in my cooking or to appear in a gourmet food magazine. When I was interviewed (without my knowing it of course) by Nancy Rommelmann of Bon Appetite magazine in 2005, I told her that what she saw wasn't actually a business, or even a restaurant, but a large scale sculptural piece, an art installation. It [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:13+00:00

Letting Love Flow :: a magic spell for radical authenticity

Lately I have been thinking a lot about love, about how we are always calculating love's scoreboard. About how we know we shouldn't but we can't help it. It's natural for us to get tangled up in the do's and don't's, the right and wrong, the eternal calculation of everything. Agonizing over every detail, certain that if we get it wrong everything will be a mess… and if we get it right, the sun will come out and we will finally feel joyful, safe... and loved. First of all it [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:18+00:00

Teach Your Daughters Wailing :: the power of mourning women

It is Winter. The waters are frozen. The trees are bare. The heart is still as the season of death descends and the sound of grief echoes in the quiet sleeping garden of the soul. Winter is characterized by water, the healing water of tears. We invite the ancestors in the Fall and in the Winter we allow our grief to swell and emerge. Not just any tears, but the sacred tears of measured grief offered to the ancestors once and for all. This is the essential lesson of the [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:19+00:00

Sacred Foods for Fertility

In traditional cultures around the world certain fertility foods have been revered as sacred due to their important place in fertility and reproduction. Traditional peoples were not just concerned about the basic health of their offspring. They knew that the degeneration of health happens progressively over generations. Thus, a man and woman realized that they had to eat not only for their health and the health of their children, but also for the health of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Woman regularly bore over 10 healthy children well into their forties [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:20+00:00