HandPicked 8–Stuff That Matters

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The HandPicked 8 is our quick overview of stuff that matters. There’s always a lot going on in the space we call ‘real food’, but not every story generates a whole post on its own.

That’s why we’ve created The HandPicked 8, to give you a quick idea of some of the things happening in food.

We’re constantly cruising the web, listening to people and generally keeping our eyes and ears open to information we think HandPicked Nation will find useful.

Yikes. It’s the middle of May already–2014 is flying by. The growing season is here, time to get ready for good food coming out of the ground. Check out this week’s HandPicked 8.

1. Found this on The Salt, NPR’s food blog: “These aren’t your parents’ big-box grocery stores. They’re closer to the places your grandparents might have shopped–but updated for the modern foodie.” This story about urban greengrocers is inspiring because it’s another example of the local food movement blowing up! More than likely there will be accusations of ‘elitism’ with this story, but making local food available is the point here.

2. Here’s a modern problem: smart phones at dinner parties. The Kitchn rolls out with their solution. 5 Ways to Deal With Dinner Party Guests Who Won’t Put Down Their Phones. It’s not pretty, but they’ve got some ideas! Can’t we all just get along?

3. Put the state of Vermont in the positive column, in the doing-good column–the ahead-of-the-curve column. Bloomberg Businessweek reports the Green Mountain state became the first state to mandate labeling of genetically modified organisms. Does this mean other states will begin to see the light? Stay tuned.

4. Molly Chester (along with her husband, John) operate Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California. She’s just written a book we really like Back to Butter: A Traditional Foods Cookbook – Nourishing Recipes Inspired by Our AncestorsThe Weston A. Price way of eating is in full-effect with book. Way to go, Molly!

5. She had the idea to collect bones to make deep, luscious meat stocks. (As a matter of fact, Grazin’ Acres in Ghent, New York is one of the places where she gathers said bones.) Rachael Mamane is her name and small-batch artisan food is her game. Modern Farmer has a great article on this very creative lady.

6. With a new movie explaining the problem and a new cookbook offering solutions, Laurie David has launched a double-barrel media blitz. She produced the film, Fed Up with Katie Couric and wrote the book, The Family Cooks, that features 100 plus recipes to get your family cooking together. Civil Eats has put up a nice article about the whole she-bang.

7. Inside Scoop SF offers an oh-so-interesting slide show taking us around the world in 18 food photos from the past week. Pretty cool.

8. We have saved the best for a delicious finish. Our friend, Chef Zakary Pelaccio was on CBS This Morning talking roasted chicken with salted chiles and cultured butter, maple glazed carrots and spaghetti pie. His recipes are up on CBS News site and they are worth delving into–this is do-able, tasty, real food.

And that’s some of the stuff that matters, May 13, 2014!

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