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Food’s grow-your-own movement: Some work required

The notion that city-dwellers might, could, should grow at least some of their own food has long seemed counter-intuitive. After all, people who live in cities might putter in the garden, but they don’t farm. Gardening is a pleasant pastime that lets you pick a few flowers or a couple of tomatoes from time to […]

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Ruth Reichl on Angelo Pellegrini, a Slow-Food Voice in a Fast-Food Nation

We asked author and critic Ruth Reichl to share her thoughts on Angelo Pellegrini, for whom the Pellegrini Award is named. When I was in college in the mid-’60s, I spent my spare time in a thrift shop called Treasure Mart, looking for old cookbooks. It was before most Americans had any interest in cooking, […]

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The Unprejudiced Palate: Classic Thoughts on Food and the Good Life

First issued in 1948, when soulless minute steaks and quick casseroles were becoming the norm, The Unprejudiced Palate inspired a seismic culinary shift in how America eats. Written by a food-loving immigrant from Tuscany, this memoir-cum-cookbook articulates the Italian American vision of the good life: a backyard garden, a well-cooked meal shared with family and […]

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