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SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

Herbs Take Center Stage

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Mild-flavored herbs deserve starring roles

Is there anything in the world of food more lonely and pathetic than a single spring of parsley sitting on top of a main dish? Before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had heard of tabbouleh or pesto, that was pretty much the extent of our understanding of parsley.  Today, herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil have become important elements of our culinary culture. Just look at......read more

Who Needs Pie?

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Fruit desserts that let the season's bounty shine

If you have functioning taste buds, you probably love pie. But baking pie is really an practiced artform, one that takes skill and patience, of which we have little. More often than not, the problem's in the crust. So we were super pleased to see, in this week's NYT Magazine, a Mark Bittman piece dedicated to fruity desserts that aren't pie. Bittman dishes up a bunch of options for crisps,......read more

Slaws That Surprise

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A humble side dish gets some shine

When we think of the word "slaw," the first thing that comes to mind is a withered pile of shredded cabbage sitting sadly in mayonnaise soup. Well, forget that image. In this week's New York Times Magazine, Mark Bittman dishes out some ideas for slaw that shatter any perconceptions of what shredded veg salad can be. From fennel to brussel sprouts, celery to seaweed, there's no limit to slaw......read more

Rooting Around

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Versatile root veggies are a great way to eat local and seasonal in the winter

Believe it or not, there was a time not too long ago when the only root vegetables anyone ate were carrots and potatoes. Thankfully, as Mark Bittman points out at NYT Mag, that's changed, "in part because it was all wrong; in part because if you’re going to eat seasonal and local, you are going to eat roots in winter, even if you live in California; and in part because roasted root......read more

California's Central Valley: Our Greatest Food Resource

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So why are we treating it so badly?

Stretching 450 miles from Bakersfield north to Redding, California’s expansive Central Valley contains some of the most productive farmland in the world. The sun shines 300 days a year and the valley represents the world's largest patch of Class A soil -- the very best growing dirt there is.  So it doesn't surprise us to learn that the area grows the majority of the produce......read more

The Healthy Fast Food Shift

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Mark Bittman looks at the emerging trend of healthful fast food

No longer oxymoronic, healthy fast food is starting to become a reality. We're not quite talking the scale of McDonalds yet, but with Chipotle, Veggie Grill, and others starting to proliferate, and with a general public desire to eat healthier, it's not just the coasts that are going in this direction. In this week's issue of NYT Magazine, food writer Mark Bittman explores the emerging trend of......read more

Mark Wickens Snaps Sweet Wilderness Pics

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Photos shot in NorCal convey the ethereal beauty of the outdoors.

Born in London, England, Mark Wickens lived in New York and New Orleans before settling to San Francisco, where he currently spends his days working as an architect. On the weekend, when he feels inspired, he packs up his camera and heads for the Great Outdoors to shoot photos.  "Usually, I’ll head out into the wilderness and see how things develop," he says. "Here in Northern......read more

GE Exec Calls BS On Tradeoff Between Economy and Environment

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The political bashing of sustainability is irrelevant to business interests, says Ecomagination VP

A GE bigwig is calling the political battle between economy and environment "nonsense." At a clean energy investment conference last week, Mark Vachon, Vice President of GE's Ecomagination program, said "environmental performance" is a key driver for business.  "There’s this theory that you have to pick one: economics or environmental performance. That’s......read more

Mark Tipple: The Underwater Project

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A turtle's eye view of swimmers and surfers in the ocean

Aussie surfer and photographer Mark Tipple has always been fascinated by what goes on beneath the surface of the sea. As an escape from his regular documentary photography practice, Tipple began shooting swimmers and surfers from under the surface of the ocean off Australia's eastern coast. The results are assembled in the ongoing Tipple series, "The Underwater Project," and they're some of the......read more

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