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08:39 pm: Full Moon Feast
So my hippy-commie-banker brother in law Jon (who is always talking on his blog about the same global energy peak warming bio-oil stuff  a_steep_hill likes) sent me this cool book called Full Moon Feast that was published by his earth-huggin' flower-wearin' non-fiction publishin' employer, Chelsea Green.
It is all about locally produced foods from this area and when they are available and then it has tasty sounding recipes. And to make it even funner, it comes with a wheel you can put on the wall and turn it as the year goes by to see what crops are in season locally.

My one objection to the thing, which is otherwise totally bodacious, is the frequent use of the term "foodshed" in analogy to watershed. Now I understand the thinking behind the analogy, but I don't like it, stylistically or symbolically. "Foodshed" summons to mind a little house full of food, or a canyon lined with food where the food all slides down into the creek and after being pummeled and smushed against the rocks into an enormous smoothie-like concoction, pours into a giant mouth by the sea. It doesn't speak to me.

But, given that it was sent as a birthday present and arrived on my 29.333th birthday, and just in time to suggest the planting of parsnips as a winter crop, I'll retract the proceeding paragraph.

Thanks Jon!


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From:akaba
Date:September 27th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
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Just curious... who wrote it? I knew some folks in college who were talking about writing such a book (recipes that were seasonally appropriate) in ~'97 and maybe they did, and just maybe they did and it's the one your brother got you (I know, the odds are staggeringly low).
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 27th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)

Jessica Prentice

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She rocks super duper rockingly. If you're in the Bay area, keep your eyes peeled for her activities. She and her cohorts started the Locavores thing in that area. -Anonymous boyfriend's-brother-in-law
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 27th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)

A clarification

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Just so that there's no confusion, the book does not normally come with the local-food-in-season wheel thingie. They go well together (though the wheel is only good for the SF Bay area, while the book is good for everyone, everywhere, forever), but they don't come together unless you choose to buy both of them. -Anonymous Brother-in-Law
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