A New School of Thought About Sardines by Jane Black (Washington Post): A group of environmentalists and fishermen in California are trying to think up ways to get Americans to eat more sardines. Bonus fact: Alton Brown won't go anywhere without sardine tins and chopsticks.
Cultivating Their Fascination With Fermentation by Tara Duggan (SF Chronicle): The Bay Area is hot for naturally fermented pickles (instead of vinegar-pickled vegetables), with classes and vendors appearing right and left. I'm cultivating my own fascination with fermentation. Anyone in Seattle interested in helping a nascent pickler out?
Neighbor, Can You Spare a Plum? by Kim Severson (NY Times): Kim Severson profiles Asiya Wadud, the woman behind one of my favorite blogs, Forage Oakland. Wadud hunts for fruit, greens, herbs, and vegetables around her neighborhood and organizes dinners and fruit exchanges. She's just one of a growing movement to make sure free fruit doesn't go to waste. Interested? Here's Seattle's Fruit Tree Harvest.
A depressing animated map from the CDC depicting changing obesity rates over the past 20 years (Thanks, Ethicurean). Why are Washington's rates so high? How come Nevada, Idaho, and Montana beat us? Is it Tom Douglas's fault? Bonus link: One possible reason. Apparently, we're eating the caloric equivalent of one Hostess pie a day more than we were 30 years ago. Mine's blueberry.