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Darrin Nordahl
Darrin Nordahl is the author of Public Produce, and the food blog Today is...Fava Beans! His next book will be Eating Appalachia, a scrumptious piece about the unique ingredients indigenous to the United States.

Entries by Darrin Nordahl

Advice to the Obamas: Get Out and Garden!

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 12:16 PM

It was another unintended consequence of our recent government shutdown: the White House Kitchen Garden was wrecked. Weeds took root, ripe produce rotted and critters ran amok.

According to Obama Foodorama, a blog highlighting White House food initiatives, the Obamas' famed South Lawn veggie patch was another victim...

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Wild Rice: A Taste Of The Upper Midwest

(4) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 12:19 PM


I'll never forget my first and only drive through eastern Minnesota one early November. I was on my way to Duluth, and as I approached town, I was amazed at how many places were advertising this one particular food: roadside stands proclaiming "Wild Rice...

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Burdock: Curse the Burrs, Love the Roots

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:56 PM


"What's for dinner?" my dad asks, as he walks in the door. I point to my prized find on the kitchen counter: a half-dozen brown, hairy roots from Berkeley's venerated Monterey Market.

"Sticks?!?" he asked incredulously. "I don't think I want sticks for dinner!"

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Plump, Perfect, Persimmon

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 7:07 PM


The two most popular varieties of Japanese persimmon:
'Hachiya' on the left, 'Fuyu' on the right

There are many harbingers of winter. Persimmon is one of the more reliable ones.

Living in North Berkeley during my halcyon days, I never...

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Seek Out Galangal for Authentic Thai Dishes

(5) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 7:03 PM


Say it with me: guh-LANG-gull.

Think of galangal (or galanga root) as a sort of Thai ginger, with a Thai kickboxing kind of kick. THWOCK!

Seriously, galangal is potent stuff. It is a rhizome, like ginger, and even has a similar beige, knobbly exterior....

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A New Way to Celebrate Thanksgiving: The Original Way

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 12:22 PM

Another year, another honey-hued turkey gracing the dining room table surrounded by family and sounds of football. Thanksgiving is here again.

But is our annual tradition really in honor of that Harvest Festival in 1621? Not as much as you might think. For one, turkey was not the center of...

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Soda Tax or Free Fruits and Veggies?

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 5:45 PM

The soda wars are afizz again in two California communities. Voters in Richmond and El Monte will soon decide whether a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks is an appropriate municipal policy to help combat obesity.

Proponents of such policies argue something needs to be done to get communities fit...

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The Fate of Our Children: Live Sicker, Die Younger

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 12:32 AM

How's this for a chilling forecast: the prevalence of diabetes in America will double in the next two-and-a-half decades.

A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago estimates that by 2034, over 44 million Americans will be living with diabetes, compared to the already alarming 23 million who do...

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Tackling Hunger by Transforming Food Deserts Into Food Oases

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 1:29 PM

What do you buy if you are hungry, impoverished, and only have $1 in your pocket? You can buy a delectable (and unhealthy) double-cheeseburger at many fast food restaurants. People the nation over, especially during our economic downturn, are buying the short-term caloric gain of the double-cheeseburger, to the detriment...

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When Apples No Longer Grow On Trees, Obesity Not The Only Nightmare For America

(8) Comments | Posted March 10, 2010 | 12:23 PM

"The cafeteria is actually one of the most important classrooms in the entire school," Michelle Obama said to applause during a speech to The School Nutrition Association. The cheers were bittersweet as America faces an epidemic of childhood obesity in part due to food illiteracy.

Ask an eight-year old...

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