HandPicked People: Kristen Frederickson

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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!

Today, we have Kristen Frederickson in the hot seat… which is really more like a comfortable chair by her Aga oven. Drawing on her background as an art historian and food blogger, Kristen has become our de facto food historian, digging in to the delicious pasts of arugula, asparagus, pork belly and more. Kristen's articles are insightful, rife with humor and come with her unique "both sides of the Pond" perspective (Kristen lives in London with her husband and daughter). Also, if you found a recipe you liked here on HandPicked Nation, chances are you have Kristen to thank for it. You can read more of Kristen's food- and life-musings at her blog kristeninlondon.com.

Name: Kristen Frederickson

Occupation: Art Historian & Blogger

Describe what you do in ten words or less. I feed people!

Describe real food in one sentence. Real food comes from real people – farmers, if you can get it! – and is brought home in beautiful pieces to be made into a delicious whole, by me.

What is your first food memory? My first food memory is standing at my Evil Grandmother's side, watching her make a twisty "tea ring" filled with home-dried raisins.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? I would be Normandy butter with sea salt crystals.

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Lemons, garlic, butter, rocket/arugula and eggs.

What is the one professional rule you never break? I never ask people to eat things they don't like, especially my teenage daughter.

What's going to be your next meal? My next meal is a boneless roasted chicken, potato latkes and steamed artichokes with melted butter.

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