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The Big SHFT: Alice Waters, Food Revolutionary

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Meet the the woman who transformed American fine dining

Today, Alice Waters is the queen bee of sustainable food movement. But it was flavor, not sustainability, that led the owner of Chez Panisse to local, organic food. Since founding the Berkeley eatery 40 years ago, Alice has helped inspire nothing short of a culinary revolution. These days, you won't find her in the restaurant's kitchen because she is too busy heading up the Chez Panisse......read more

Beechwood Serving Spoons

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Handcrafted, neon-painted wooden spoons by Nicole Porter $22.00

Say hello to the perfect housewarming gift! This set of six neon-painted serving spoons from Etsy seller Nicole Porter is sure to spice up any kitchen. Nicole turns the spoons from a single plank of beech wood, which she dries then paints by hand using food-based inks (with no VOCs) and protects with a non-toxic glaze. A welcome addition to a new kitchen. Great colors.  Made in USA....read more

Ecolution Artistry 8-Piece Cookware Set

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Get the convenience of non-stick cookware with none of the nasty chemicals $59.95

If you like the convenience and ease of non-stick cookware, but you're a little sketched out about potentially polluting your food with chemicals, then Ecolution has the solution for you. Unlike conventional non-stick pots and pans, Ecolution's Artistry collection contains no perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a known carcinogen. Replacing the nasty chemical is Hydrolon, a water-based......read more

Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Don't Suck

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Sustainable food advocate and author Cathy Erway dishes out some winning sides for holiday eating

Do you try to cook something new on the holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, when it seems that there can never be too much food? I often do, and sometimes these fledgling recipes soar, while other times, crash-land on the table to a piteous chorus of what-if-I'd-done-that-insteads. Adding a new dish to your list of "classics" can take a little more than one Thursday to figure out. Especially if......read more

Cutting Board Oil

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Give your wooden kitchenware a massage with this mineral oil from Blackcreek Mercantile $35.00

Cutting boards take a lot of abuse. And while they may be tough, they deserve a good caressing on occasion. Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. has just the solution in the form of this Cutting Board Oil. Made from a special mix of white mineral oil, cold pressed oils and bee propolis, the oil works for all wooden kitchen items such as cutting boards and wooden spoons. The oil helps wood......read more

Salt & Pepper Cellars by Rae Dunn

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Lovely ceramic spice containers handmade in San Francisco $48.00

Berkeley, CA-based ceramicist Rae Dunn operates on both sides of the imaginary line between art and craft. Her work, which ranges from custom-designed housewares to large-scale sculptures, is woven together by common themes like the beauty of simple shapes and natural forms. These square-shaped salt and pepper cellars display both in spades. Made of creamy-glazed porcelain and adorned with......read more

The Year of Buying Locally

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Buy local and support a sustainable food system in 2014

Alison Coyne for the Huffington Post: 2014 is the year of buying local. You've heard that, right? These days all it takes is a bunch of people repeating the same catchphrase over and over to make it the zeitgeist, so let's do that. Everywhere you go, just be like "Oh yeah, 2014? Year of buying local." Say it and we will make it so. This seemingly random declaration of mine is actually related......read more

Solar Stove by GoSun

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This portable, cylindrical solar oven is powerful enough to cook an entire meal $299.00

Solar stove technology has been revolutionized thanks to the GoSun Sport, a tube-shaped solar cooker that uses parabolic mirrors to concentrate sunlight and cook the contents inside. Where previous offerings were created for things like heating up beverages and boiling eggs, the GoSun stove acts as a portable convection oven that's powerful enough to cook an entire meal. The......read more

Eat Our Feelings

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Two hilarious girls show us how to make the best grilled cheeses

Sasha and Emma, two Brooklyn girls with a great sense of humor, teach us how to make grilled cheeses that will be the envy of all your friends.  We love these girls, who just started their cooking show two weeks ago. They're very funny, very cool, and the recipes and tips are super useful.  More EAT OUR FEELINGS PLEASE....read more

Chickening Out

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How to appease a farm-obsessed six year-old? Pete Wells explains.

We all want our children to be enthusiastic about local, sustainable food, but there are moments when they can get a little too, er, focused on it. For Pete Wells, author of the always great (and too infrequent, in our opinion) Cooking With Dexter column in NYT Mag, that happened when his six year-old started demanding backyard chickens and rooftop beehives. After hiding his copy of "My......read more

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