James Hayes-Bohanan, Ph.D.
Updated February 6, 2012
Local is the new organic.
Welcome to my food page! I found that food was getting all over my web pages -- so to speak -- and I decided it was time to bring some of my varied food interests together in one place.
I had been thinking of this for a while, but a radio interview with Judith Jones was the final impetus. In "A Life in Food," Julia Child's first publisher explains the reasons I have become a "foodie" better than I can do. Take time to listen! I also highly recommend the film July & Julia, which is about blogging and food.
For me, good food is about enjoyment, health, the environment, and justice.
Lovin' our kitchen!
Food Page Sections
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|I am open to suggestions
my YouTube playlist of videos about local and organic food.
inspired to put it up when I read a New York Times article about food
the White House.
first, the chicken or the egg? Find out at the Food Timeline,
librarian-hatched site that was brought to my attention
by my favorite
||In Massachusetts, find CSAs,
other local farms, and important farming organizations
web site. If I pay a higher retail price for food -- or
other goods and
services -- from a local farm, I know that I have made an
my community. Farmers in suburban regions do the rest of us
a favor by
keeping their land in agriculture when it would be much
easier to "cash
out" and sell
the land. The last farm to be sold in Bridgewater sold for
$13,000,000! Anybody who can resist that kind of money
deserves a few
bucks from me!
What is a good idea in Massachusetts is a good idea
anywhere. See the RAFT project --
Food Traditions -- at Slow Food USA. It is a project
in which seven
prominent organizations are coming together to document,
celebrate the incredible diversity of America's edible
and food traditions. The organizers
call this the country's first eco-gastronomic conservation
Visit Slow Food USA or Slow Food International for other ways to undo the damage of fast food!
||Our family is fortunate
have all we need to eat. We are even more fortunate that we
eat dinner together most evenings. We make a special
effort to do
so, and we recognize that even some people who have enough
food have to
work at jobs that make it
impossible, so we count ourselves lucky.
When we eat together, we start the meal by recounting at least three good things that happened to each of us that day -- because meal time can otherwise become a time of commiseration. We also try to remember those who are not as fortunate, and during the holiday season each year we have a productive reminder and a connection to the world through the Guest at Your Table program of the UUSC . At each meal during this time of year, we each put a few coins in a box and remember the food security and other social-justice programs that UUSC undertakes in the United States and abroad.
Other religious traditions -- or non-religious organizations of many kinds -- provide similar opportunities. The key, I think, is not which one we choose, but that we choose not to forget.
Another very powerful way to improve food security abroad and simplify your life at home is to use Heifer International for gift-giving occasions. This organization allows you to avoid the stress of shopping for gifts by giving farm animals to people who really need them. We have often found this much more satisifying than giving toys, clothes, or baubles to friends and relatives who already -- like us -- have too much stuff to keep track of anyway.
| I created this page
2008, the International Year of the Potato! It sounds like a
bit of a
but this is quite serious. Read the
page to learn how serious attention to the potato can
security, biodiversity, nutrition, and can help countries
It is ironic that the sponsors of this effort include at least one company that has been responsible for over-processed, over-engineered french fries. Other sponsors include the kitchy-but-informative Potato Museum of Albuquerque.
During our 2004 trip to Romania, we made a remarkable discovery: potatoes have flavor! If they are grown without chemicals and served without weeks of shipping and storage, that is!
Closer to home, potatoes can be local and/or organic just about anywhere in the world. The IPY web site even includes instructions for growing potatoes at home . We have been thinking about it for a couple of years. It looks like 2008 will have to be the year!
TUNA POTATO: We have abandoned many of the cheap foods that got us through graduate school, but we still love a creation borne of necessity and small stipends: the tuna potato! Hot baked potato, a little butter, some shredded cheese, and cool tuna salad. Fiber, vitamins, and protein in comfort food for under a buck!