Monthly Archives: February 2011

The Harvests of War

IMAGE: A bomb crater in a rice field in Vietnam, photo via. The impact of military manoeuvres on the agricultural landscape is often not positive, from the herbicidal ravages of Agent Orange to the truffle-decimating trenches of Picardy. Bombs, mines, and other explosive munitions carve new three-dimensional spaces into the landscape, digging holes in perfectly […]

El Pollo Local

IMAGE: “El Pollo Local,” designed by Evan Allen — click here to see a larger version. Another little treat from the New City Reader Food issue, “El Pollo Local” is a more light-hearted take on the idea of tracing New York City’s urban ecology of information. Fried chicken is ubiquitous in inner-cities, but is also […]

Industrial Lava, Cattle Cinematography, and the Supermarket to the World

The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), for those of you who are not yet familiar with its delights, is “dedicated to the increase and diffusion of information about how the world’s lands are apportioned, utilised and perceived.” It is also one of the treasures of Los Angeles (or Culver City, to be precise), and the enjoyment with which I recently read its Winter 2011 Lay of the Land newsletter prompted me to spend to spent a happy evening revisiting old issues and rediscovering several food-related gems.

Edible Geography

As advertised in my last post, from January 18 through 23, I launched GOOD’s new Food hub with a week-long blog festival called Food for Thinkers. In the end, an incredible forty-three writers, designers, and presenters from a wide variety of backgrounds joined in by contributing their own post about what food writing is or […]