HandPicked People: Jori Jayne Emde

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As we've built up our community here at HandPicked Nation, we have met some truly incredible farmers, ranchers, makers and thinkers in the real food movement. Which prompted the thought, why not share a little more about the real people of real food with our readers?

Welcome to another addition of HandPicked People!

Jori Jayne Emde is a fantastic chef, a great friend and a certified bon vivant! 

She's also a terrific contributor. Jori's recipes are decidedly old-fashioned, but her modern sensibilites give everything from salt-packed corn to simple canned tomatoes a fresh and engaging spin.

Name: Jori Jayne Emde

Occupation: Bon Vivant

Describe what you do in ten words or less. Ceate. Explore. Collaborate. Travel. Clean. Obsess.

Describe real food in one sentence. Unaltered food straight from nature.

What is your first food memory? It was a lemon fried pie by Mrs. Bairds Bakery from the local gas station in Needville, TX when I was about 4 years old

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? I would be balanced and lingering, like a dry sherry.

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Chili, vinegar, raw yogurt, Mestemacher sunflower seed bread, butter.

What is the one professional rule you never break? Never sleep with my chef… errr… ooops. Never stop researching, even what I've already charted. There's always more to learn in everything I've learned.

What's going to be your next meal? There is a steaming bowl of fresh Maine sea urchin pasta with nasturtiums from my garden waiting for me downstairs, oh and a glass of sherry that I put in my soda machine to try out with bubbles. If that doesn't satiate my thirst, then perhaps a glass of Meditazione orange wine from Channing Daughters.

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