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Wednesday, April 24

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Event Mon Mar 28 2011

Make Loads and Loads of Country Baby Applesauce

I watched Baby Boom, one of my favorite '80s films, this past week. Diane Keaton plays a successful New York businesswoman on the verge of becoming a partner at her firm when she inherits custody of a toddler whose parents died in a car accident. Her white-collar career aspirations fall apart as her investment in parenting increases (the movie is a terrible stereotype about women not being able to balance career aspirations and family, etc.), and in a game-changing moment, Keaton's character moves to Vermont and begins a popular gourmet baby food enterprise using the loads of apple trees growing in her backyard. In the end, Keaton shacks up with Sam Shepard and everything makes sense, so if you need to throw a curve in your life, why not start your home orchard? It could change your life. Slow Food Chicago is hosting an afternoon-long seminar on how to select and graft plants on Saturday, April 9; admission $25-35, and trees will be available onsite for purchase.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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