Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Three new foodies on the block—Michael Pollan, Bryant Terry, and Jessica Prentice—write about sustainability, eating locally, and making organic produce more affordable. We’ve devoted this issue to food—as a commodity, as part of our ecosystem, and, of course, as a sensual pleasure that sustains us. We checked in with three of the country’s most provocative thinkers about food—right here in the East Bay. Pull up a chair and join us.

=FOOD WARRIOR | While researching his latest book, about the industrialization of food in the U.S., Michael Pollan hunted a wild boar and barbecued it. “We have three food votes a day,” he writes. “If you cast one of them in a thoughtful manner, you’ll be making a tremendous contribution because that is how alternative food chains are built.” By Paul Kilduff

=FREESTYLE COOKERY | What good are markets filled with organic produce if only a few can afford the prices? Chef and author Bryant Terry writes about the resurgence of food co-ops and buying-clubs, where high-quality food is sold just above wholesale cost. By Rachel Sarah

=FULL MOON RISING | A modern-day forager, Jessica Prentice hunts for food from local producers and tries to eat seasonally. Prentice shares her knowledge with guests at feasts, sometimes serving only food found within a 100-mile radius. The most difficult things to find? Pastured chicken, good salt, and pepper. By Angela Hunnicutt

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