Category Archives: Reviews

My thoughts on things I have read, seen or experienced, in case you are interested!

Boston baker’s newest book makes recipes accessible

Joanne Chang’s second cookbook, “Flour, Too,” is just as appropriate on your coffee table as it is on your kitchen counter.  Published 12 years after opening four Flour Bakery + Café locations, the pages of this book are littered with … Continue reading

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Tonic Refreshment

When you order a gin and tonic it is customary to specify your preferred label: Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick’s.  But what about the tonic water?  Little attention is paid to this bitter-sweet seltzer, even though it makes up 3/4 of … Continue reading

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Conventional, Organic, IPM: making sense of labels

Grocery shopping can be a confusing process if you are someone who is trying to be health/eco conscious.  Labels are intentionally misleading, and label laws can be downright silly.  There are federal and third party certifications for a million things … Continue reading

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Organic Beer, Organic Hops: WA leads the way

Did you know: until recently USDA certified organic beer did not have to be made with organic hops? I recently did some digging into the Washington State hop industry (which produces 79% of all hops grown in the U.S.), and … Continue reading

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Should We Be Growing Genetically Modified Crops?

As someone interested in food policy and global food systems, I am often asked what my opinion is on GMOs, so I decided it was high time I formulate one.  After finally tackling the debate for a school research project, … Continue reading

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80 Thoreau: a must go!

This past Christmas my brother Josh and sister-in-law Jenny gave us the thoughtful gift of fine Massachusetts dining, and we had been saving it for a special occasion.  Last night we got all dolled up and drove out to Concord … Continue reading

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A Culinary Reunion: The Pierce’s Come to Boston

“What are you guys thinking of ordering?” “I don’t know! Listen to this: ‘crispy skin duck breast with brown butter farro, shaved brussels sprouts and pomegranate and pistachio relish, and pomegranate molasses reduction’. I might have to get that. But … Continue reading

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