At Food + City, we've always got our eyes open for new perspectives about the "to" in "farm to plate." Check out these recommendations and add your own in the comments.
Clover founder (and MIT engineer) Ayr Muir has found a way to make fast food sustainable. This chain of restaurants and food trucks in the Boston area has more than a dozen locations, uses seasonal produce that is 30 to 60 percent organic and doesn’t have a single freezer. Their menu of sandwiches and sides is based on what’s available seasonally, but they can still serve customers in an average of three and a half minutes.
On keaggy.com, Bill Keaggy has been showing off his quirky collector’s habits since the early days of the Internet. Shoes shaped like rocks. Chairs that look sad. In the 2000s, he collected found grocery lists and turned them into a book — "Milk Eggs Vodka" — that gives great insight into American buying (and note-taking) habits.
Two excellent podcasts that touch on food in very different ways. Gastropod, from Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley, focuses on food through the lens of history and science. Roman Mars ventures into packaging and transportation in his design and architecture podcast, 99 Percent Invisible.
This wacky idea from Food+City contributor Craig Cannon and friend Tim Hwang — a waterproof field guide to shipping containers — started as a Kickstarter campaign that drew more than $20,000 in pre-orders. The book helps you track ships and their containers in ports across America so you can add them to your life list, just like birders.
John McPhee is known for going into the field to explain our world. Using his experience riding along with train engineers and barge pilots, in "Uncommon Carriers" he gives readers a close-up look at how these people move our stuff across the country.
Think containers are boring? Let Marc Levinson persuade you otherwise. In "The Box" he paints vivid scenes of the enormity, ubiquity, simplicity and technology of containerization. Through his eyes, it’s easy to see how the shipping container has shaped the world.
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