Posts From April 2008

April 17, 2008

Summer Garden Cooking Inspired
By Sonoma Author in 2 New Books

Guest posting by Janet Fletcher

Anybody who loves fruits and vegetables as much as Jeff Cox clearly does is, for me, a kindred spirit. Cox, a prolific writer, has spent his distinguished professional career promoting organic gardening, wine appreciation and good cooking, all passions I share. For those of us who believe that good eating begins with a home garden—or, lacking that, a local farmer’s market—Cox’s two new books, The Organic Cook’s Bible and The Organic Food Shopper’s Guide (both from John Wiley & Sons), reinforce our prejudices. Like him, I’m persuaded that varieties matter (nothing beats an O’Henry peach), that the season should steer the menu, and that fresh produce offers endless inspiration.

A Sonoma County resident and longtime restaurant critic for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat,  Cox spent much of his early career at Organic Gardening magazine. Organic food was a fringe movement then; today’s shoppers have many more organic choices, and Cox’s new books give readers the tools to make the most of them.

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Douwoud Bey talks about how he approaches his photo subject. (Photo by Ashley Teplin)

April 9, 2008

Photographer Dawoud Bey
Making Contact at Oxbow School

One day in 1969, a curious New York teenager bought a ticket—and discovered his future as an artist.

Dawoud Bey wasn’t looking for anything more than a little excitement when he took the train from Queens to Manhattan to see an exhibition called “Harlem on My Mind,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“I wanted to see what all this controversy was about,” recalled Bey, who was less interested in the photographs on display than in the protests the show had sparked in both the black and white communities.

But that day was a quiet one, with no protesters or police on hand.

“So I had no choice,” Bey said, but to tour the gallery—“and that turned out to be a very transformative moment,” he told the audience during his Oxbow Public Lecture at Copia March 30.

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Chris Colin's food styling expertise at hand with the infamous barbecued sock.(Photo by Chris Colin)

April 1, 2008

Sweat Sock: The Other White Meat

Is food styling all about food or styling?  I mean, is it possible to make anything look appetizing by employing a few of the stylist's secrets? Endlessly curious free-lance journalist Chris Colin examined the possibilities in his article, “Sweat Sock: The Other White Meat," for the third issue of Meatpaper Magazine. .

Sunday, March 30, I joined Chris, Meatpaper editors Amy Standen and Sasha Wizansky and several hundred of the magazine’s enthusiasts at San Francisco's Serpentine restaurant to celebrate the publication’s third issue.

Perbacco restaurant, Fra' Mani Handcrafted Salumi , wine educator and author Courtney Cochran, were on hand to pour wine and talk about the splendid pairings of syrah and petite syrah with meat. Meyer Family Cellars, Pretense, and Verge were a few of the wines being poured at Serpentine.

Click here for an exclusive glimpse into issue three of Meatpaper with Chris's commentary on the art of food styling.

Click on the below links for images from the Meatpaper release event:
Meatpaper Flickr Link
Bici Girl Meatpaper Flickr Link
Studio-707 Meatpaper Flickr Link

-Ashley Teplin

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