Food Desert / Food Mirage

chili pepper

Stephen Tucker Paulson wrote an article in the JAN/FEB 2017 issue of Mother JonesThe Depressing Truth About Hipster Food Towns. It was the first time I saw the term “food mirage” used. A food mirage occurs when gentrification has encouraged the entrance of high-priced food markets into a neighborhood that either had no markets (food deserts) or had small food markets that have been priced out of the market. The mirage is the presence of good, healthy food stores that many local residents cannot afford. It’s an interesting article, starting with Brooklyn and continuing to the food mirages in Portland, Oregon.

Hippies Have Won (the Plate)

Homemade Pizza, (cc) NC Mulvany

The New York Times has an article about how hippie cuisine has become mainstream. Many familiar foodies make an appearance in the article: Deborah Madison, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Sandor Katz, Alice Waters, and others. The article also includes a link to what looks like a tasty recipe for “Pan-Griddled Sweet Potatoes with Miso-Ginger Sauce.”

Norse Mythology


I thoroughly enjoyed reading Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. Gaiman retells some of the very old Norse myths. He studied many translations of Snorri Sturluson’s Poetic Edda and dazzles us with a fresh retelling. I first came across Snorri Sturluson during a trip to Iceland. It was my first introduction to Thor, Loki, Frey, and Odin.

These are the types of stories that will be easy to reread and enjoy well into the future. Highly Recommended