Eco-Bite: Mapping Your Produce; SalmonAid
Until recently, both Bon Appetit and its Conde Nast sibling, Gourmet, shared online space via epicurious.com, perhaps the most well-known recipe portal on the Web.
Now they are distinctive Web entities (well, sort of) with their own domains, (bonappetit.com and gourmet.com), look and feel, offering up both re-purposed magazine content and online-exclusive multimedia wizardry.
This does not mean epicurious.com has disappeared into the Internet sunset; in fact, it seems to be developing a personality of its own. You can find both BA and Gourmet from epicurious, and what I discovered along the way is one of the coolest Web food features I've seen in a long time.
Someone rather brilliant at epicurious.com has produced a Peak-Season Map, an amazing interactive tool that provides month-by-month produce updates for all 50 states. Here's how it works: You click on a month, then you click on a state, and you get a handy-dandy pop-up list of in-season crops. Each ingredient page includes links to backgrounders as well as recipe archives. This is the smartest thing I've seen on the Web in a long time -- hooray! Check it out and share your thoughts in the comments area.
For readers here in the Washington area, you can take your in-season info a step further with washingtonpost.com's interactive farmer's market map, which is organized by day of the week.
If my plans weren't putting me in Seattle this weekend, I would have booked a flight to Oakland, Calif. instead, where there will be much love for wild salmon.
SalmonAid, a two-day festival focusing on the rapidly disappearing Pacific salmon, will kick off this Saturday, May 31 at Jack London Square in Oakland.
Organized by an ad hoc group of fisherman (commercial and tribal) and environmental organizations, SalmonAid is a free event that will include live music, plenty of wild salmon on the grill (which is being flown in from Alaska, due to the cancellation of this year's Pacific salmon season) and a rally on Sunday.
The mission behind the hoopla, say organizers, is to raise awareness about the state of Pacific watershed habitats, which are suffering from both pollution and water diversions -- water that is exported and pumped out for agribusiness cropland and drinking water in southern California. The depleted waters are having a direct impact on the ongoing decline of wild salmon and steelhead trout populations.
By Kim ODonnel |
May 29, 2008; 7:45 AM ET
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