| Jan 19, 2012
It's ironic, in a rosemary-infused sort of way, that in today's farm-to-table restaurant era few chef-and-farmer relationships have evolved into the true collaborations those farm-specific menus often suggest. Their lives tend to exist in parallel worlds,...
| Jan 15, 2012
A few months before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I read a blog post by an Atlantic Monthly correspondent about Chinese wine.
I grew up outside New York City, where I ate hundreds of pounds of lo mein and pork-fried rice but didn't see, taste...
| Jan 13, 2012
| 11:36 AM
— One of very few goat dairies in Southern California, and one of the newest and best cheese vendors at local certified farmers markets, is Drake Family Farms, which started selling an excellent fresh, mild chevre cheese a little over a year ago. It...
| Jan 1, 2012
Return to David L. Ulin's review of this essay.
I shall attempt, in this piece, an appraisal of the civilization of Southern California, but it occurs to me that before I begin I had better give you some idea what the place looks like. If you...
| Dec 27, 2011
| 12:38 PM
The Northridge home originally built as a ranch and retreat by renowned Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons sold for $719,000.
The two-story French Colonial, part of a 28-acre farm known as Marson Farms when it was constructed in 1937, sits on...
| Dec 23, 2011
Colored kale plants with red or purple centers and greenish outer leaves have long been popular as ornamental plants, for home gardens and street landscaping. Although edible, they were really more beautiful than delicious; but several newer varieties...
| Dec 16, 2011
In the last two decades, there's been a tremendous surge in production of artisanal olive oil in California as consumers have developed an appreciation for the freshness, high quality and distinctive flavors that good locally produced oil can provide....
| Dec 6, 2011
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| Nov 18, 2011
The Cuyama Valley is just 30 miles northeast of Santa Barbara and two hours from downtown Los Angeles, but it's a world of its own, rimmed by stark, rugged mountains, sparsely populated and little known. At the extreme southern end of the valley, the...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 4:36 AM
Japan's central government warned Thursday that it might soon ban shipments of contaminated rice from a farm area affected by the March accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. A test Wednesday detected excessive levels of the poisonous...
| Nov 14, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Local food sales reached $4.8 billion in 2008, according to USDA report...