Seattle Times/Harley Soltes

Seattle Times/Harley Soltes

Have we seen each other on the newsstands?

I wrote about the unlikely intersection of a carrot farmer and a grocery store in The Seattle Times recently, in a cover story featuring the PCC Farmland Trust. In the same issue of the Times, I wrote about what I’m calling “Peak Week,” that sweet spot of Seattle menus when market baskets overflow with Washington-grown peaches, tomatoes, melons, corn, peppers, plums — all at once.

Earlier in the Times, I wrote about the (blecchh!) herb that smells better than it tastes (and how to make it taste better),  and about a chef on an island. (No, not Lummi.) Devra Gartenstein always gives us a thoughtful, informed take on food from the other side of the counter, and I was glad to write about how she changed her vegetarian business into one that serves meat.

In the latest issue of Sunset magazine, I wrote about three of the city’s most interesting new restaurants, all run by former sous chefs taking the #1 spot for the first time. (I have a particular soft spot for this one.) In the same issue, look for my article on street carts going brick-and-mortar, and on “The New New Asian”. (”Is the Revel menu Jewish-Vietnamese (corned lamb and nuoc cham)? Chinese-British (dumplings stuffed with Earl Grey ricotta)? It’s the world on a plate, and it’s delicious right down to the chili-spiked ice cream sandwiches.”)

For Edible Seattle, I got to visit an unexpected oasis of fine food a mile from Sea-Tac Airport, and for Seattle Magazine, I checked in with the food revolution in Seattle Public Schools. (Ulp. That didn’t go over so well.) In Seattle’s Child, I confessed that being a food writer actually contributes to my  being a lousy meal planner. I’m trying to reform.

When I”m not thinking about food, I’m probably thinking about books, so it was quite a pleasure to profile The Elliott Bay Book Co. for Success Magazine. Yes, an independent bookstore as a success story. I love seeing those words all together.

And then, can we raise a glass the woman who brought books and books about food and so much more to Seattle. If you read just one tribute to Kim Ricketts, it should probably be Surly Gourmand’s, but I was grateful to say a few words about her and about The Book Larder in The Christian Science Monitor.

There’s probably more, but it’s late, and I’m heading to San Francisco for our panel. If you’re there, come say hello in person rather than on the page!

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