Monday, May 14, 2007

New Feature: A Food Miles Calculator

Thanks to the amazing work of my friend Oliver, we now have a food miles calculator. Just enter your zip code and the zip for any of your food sources and - presto! You get an as-the-crow-flies approximation of your food miles. Oliver also included a pull-down menu with many of our local farms. Explore it and let us hear from you. The calculator will be a permanent part of this blog. Thanks Oliver.

Food Miles Calculator

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Slow Food Lecture

Carlo Petrini, founder and president of Slow Food Movement International, will give a talk on Thursday, May 10th, at the Cowell Theatre in Fort Mason. The event is sponsored by the Museo ItaloAmericano. Carlo will describe the grass-root efforts of his organization. Food, wine and mingling to follow. He will also be signing copies of his book, Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean and Fair.
Book signing 6 to 6:30, talk from 6:30 to 8. Tickets are $16. For more information visit the Museo ItaloAmericano website.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Barbara Kingsolver Gets Local

A new book by Barbara Kingsolver, her daughter and husband, documents a year in their quest to eat only food they produce or source locally. After many years living in Arizona, Barbara and her family move back to a family farm in Virginia to explore old roots and establish new ones. I have read two very favorable reviews. Kingsolver has a lyrical style well suited for this topic and I am looking forward to being immersed in her narrative. Get it through your local bookstore (my favorite is Christopher's Books on Potrero Hill) if you want it soon - the SF Public Library has 17 copies ordered but already 28 reserve requests posted.