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On Turning 30 at Mulate’s

For Kerry Boutte and Joseph Kubiak What can you say? Often, we have great ideas about life but terrible ideas about ourselves. Tonight I’m passing through old photos, real paper printed photos…An image has emotional texture. It feels like touching the skin of a memory. Memory is a peculiar geography, with very specific topography. If […]

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Soil to Soul

6 June 2017 Sj train to copenhagen     Soil to Soul For Peter Haldorf   …Food is the language of life. And, for me, bread its alphabet… What is Nordic? Behind the curtain of rhetoric and topography there germinates a sincerity. The respect, the patience—what Americans call a kernel of truth has here grown […]

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crossing to safety

3 January 2017   Poem for Glenn Roberts.       I care as little as you do, what they say about you. I care less about what you stand for, or who you stand with. Or where you come from. Or where you’re going. Because, despite all the compasses, you’re the barometer that brought […]

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Elegiac Feelings America

9 November 2016     “I don’t think you can live with yourself when you are humiliating the man next to you.” Robert Penn Warren.   Anger, anxiety. They are states of mind. Fear is a way of living. The United States of Mind and Living…this is a bitter hangover. And we are regretting everything […]

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friend’s bread

 Pain des amis …september 2016  for Christophe, for Erik.   …The crust refracted through the flavor of the crumb. It was light and crispy, yet the compression of flavor and caramelization was incredibly deep, thick, full-bodied. A Malliard Eucharist which would not melt. Chestnut, earthy, dusty straw, creamy, tender, yielding: the texture like leather run […]

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Slow Food Terra Madre 2016

“Nothing is lost. Everything is transformed”   September 2016. Graison S. Gill. Slow Food New Orleans.   Food is a human right, not a privilege. How do we uphold this self-evident truth socially and politically? Paradoxically, globalization has globalized our problems. I also think it has globalized their solutions. Same architecture, different furniture. This is […]

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pilgrim, roads are made by walking

winter and spring 2016 contact diffusion: Every good life sleeps on a myth… Dear Sebastien: There are not accurate words in the languages we share to express my gratitude for you and your spirit. My visit with you was life-changing. A paltry thank you will never repay my debt or your gift. I struggled to discover […]

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supply’s demand

9 march 2016   Buddy Bolden, Elvis, and the Blues: supply’s demand It is my hope, as a food producer in New Orleans, to cast some light on the shadows at our dining tables. Our supermarket shelves may be full, but our landscape is empty. Louisiana is a national leader in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, […]

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Compared to what?

  Love the lie and lie the love Hangin’ on, with a push and shove Possession is the motivation that is hangin’ up the God-damn nation Looks like we always end up in a rut (everybody now!) Tryin’ to make it real — compared to what? Roberta Flack.     Thanks for the email. I […]

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Father Daniel Berrigan

Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be […]

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