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Featured Book: Taste, Memory

In Taste, Memory, which was recently named one of’s top ten food literature books of 2012, author David Buchanan takes readers on a stroll through orchards and gardens around the country to find rare crops carefully saved over the years for their exceptional flavors.

David collects heirloom crop plants, but doesn’t just preserve them in some kind of garden-museum. He grows these strange fruits and vegetables, eats them, and sells them at markets in Maine so that others will be introduced to the peculiar deliciousness of a Waldoboro Greenneck Rutabaga, or the luscious tang of cider made from Harrison apples.

Food is alive, and only if more people eat these foods and grow to love them, can they return to our gardens and farms, and thus remain part of our cultural legacy. In the excerpt below, Buchanan tells the story of finding a very large, very old apple tree on the site of a long-abandoned homestead in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He returns in the early spring to take scions from the ancient tree, which has stopped bearing fruit, in hopes of reviving whatever unique taste its apples must have had in order for it to survive through the centuries.

To hear more about David Buchanan’s work, and his journey with rare foods, listen to this extended interview on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. The Cider Tree – An Excerpt from Taste, Memory

A Thanksgiving Hit: Apple Pie with Cider Jelly

The Thanksgiving season means a barrage of holiday recipes that overflow your inbox and social media feeds. Some of these are new and innovative, meant to impress guests and sure to fade away from the culinary canon. However, there’s a reason that certain other recipes stand the test of time: they just work. We’ve had […] Read More..

Release Your Inner Viking With New Book on Mead

Unlock the mead brewing secrets of the ancient Norse with homesteader and fermentation enthusiast Jereme Zimmerman’s new book Make Mead Like a Viking. Whether you’re new to homebrewing or looking to expand your current brewing and fermentation practices, Zimmerman’s welcoming style and spirit will usher you into an exciting new territory of wildcrafted experimentations, including more than 20 recipes to try.The fermentation […] Read More..

For a Very Viking Thanksgiving, Try Homemade Mead

The people who lived the Viking lifestyle a thousand years ago enjoyed myriad foods and beverages and throwing feasts that lasted several days to show off what they had stockpiled throughout the harvest season. Bring the Viking spirit of celebration to your Thanksgiving table this year with a traditional batch of spiced orange mead. Brew up the following recipe […] Read More..

Brew Outside the Box: Making Mushroom-Infused Beer

When thinking about drinking a nice cold beer, the flavor of mushrooms doesn’t exactly spring to mind. But for the adventurous brewer – and drinker – infusing mushrooms into brews is a great way to combine the medicinal benefits of fungi with one of the world’s most consumed beverages.The best part? You can grow mushrooms […] Read More..

Recipe: How To Make Your Own Chèvre Using Natural Ingredients

Making cheese at home may seem like a time and labor-intensive process, but what if you could make a delicious, high-quality cheese that practically “sits and takes care of itself”? According to David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, you can.Asher is an organic farmer and goatherd, so his recipe for chèvre, or goat […] Read More..
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