Here’s a beautiful short film in which Sandor Katz talks about processes of fermentation. He is funny and compelling– and I will always be grateful to him for Wild Fermentation which has been such an influential, important book in my life. Using Wild Fermentation I taught myself basic skills that now serve me constantly in the kitchen, but the book also presents a wonderful vision in which personal, political and microbial transformation serve as metaphors for each other. Wild Fermentation is a guide to practical alchemy (and for this reason, if you have to make a choice, buy it before the also wonderful The Art of Fermentation).
This film captures some of the magic. Read the rest of this entry »
LEFTOVERS; FERMENTS; RESISTANT STARCH; GREAT SALADS
Yesterday I made this delicious Moroccan tomato salad inspired by a recipe in Paula Wolfert’s The Food of Morocco. It’s a great late summer/ early autumn dish, with tomatoes and grilled peppers and onions in a lemony (in fact preserved-lemony) vinaigrette, spiced with paprika and cumin.
But we didn’t finish it in one meal. Read the rest of this entry »
Fairfood International and a Moroccan Tomato Salad
Fairfood International is an Amsterdam-based organisation that campaigns “to improve the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable people in our food system, such as smallholder farmers, workers (especially women) and consumers, and to ensure the sustainable production and consumption of food,” as they explain on their website. You can learn a lot on their site about global commodity foods and workers’ lives in industries like pineapples from the Philippines, Shrimp from Asia, Vanilla from Madagascar and Central American Sugarcane.
I’ve been impressed with their efforts against poor working conditions, low wages, job insecurity, and pesticide exposure among people working in the really huge tomato industry in Morocco. Read the rest of this entry »
When welfare reforms result in hunger, is the government failing its international human rights obligations?
This video explains the issues really well.
Reblogged from Church Action on Poverty.
Nearly two years old, but this interview with Prof. Tim Lang is so wide ranging and stimulating, I wanted to repost it. Have a listen when you get the chance– say, if you need to scrub your floor or make some kimchi for a friend with flu. It’s a broad discussion of what food politics means in Britain, in this era of corporate dominance and a policy of austerity.
If you’d prefer to read the interview, you can find it here.
I don’t cease to be thankful for how much knowledge and perspective is ours for free on the internet, and how people we know and don’t know, in this case Sophie Laggan, a food policy researcher/ activist whom I follow on Twitter, direct us through links and posts. It’s meaningful for me to be part of that sharing too.
By the way, there’s loads of great material to listen to on the Transition Culture Soundcloud.
I have a Celebrity Crush. Well… maybe she’s not really a celebrity, but Sophie Herxheimer is a London artist who works with people, stories and food. She’s an incredibly creative artist and poet, and I get that tingle of excitement and possibility when I see or read her work. It seems like her talents, interests, politics, and spirit are united and energised in a way I aspire mine to be. She works with topics beyond food— but I wanted to share with Kitchen Counter Culture readers some of the work that might interest us the most.
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People fleeing the hideous violence in Syria are very much on our minds.
Looking at photos of what goes into luggage packed as people flee their homes, you see there’s really very little food going with them on their journeys. Refugees must be hungry indeed, and in such difficulty taking care of the needs– body and spirit– of their children and themselves. Read the rest of this entry »