Bonnie Azab Powell

Bonnie Azab Powell was Grist's food editor until February 2011. A dot-com-bubble rider turned university refugee, Bonnie co-founded one of the first "food-politics" blogs, The Ethicurean, in May 2006 -- also coining that term to describe someone interested in sustainable, organic, local, and ethical (SOLE) food that also happens to be tasty.

Obsessed with our broken food system, she switched from writing freelance business and technology articles to SOLE food. Her work has appeared in a bunch of places printed on dead trees. She lives in the Bay Area, where she gardens half-assedly and cooks wholeheartedly while running two meat CSAs for small local farms. She loathes the word "foodie."

Oozing sores and holiday cookies, yum!

Massive gingerbread house recall a reminder that food safety starts in the gut

On Christmas Eve, Whole Foods Market recalled gingerbread houses it sold in 23 states for possible contamination with Staphylococcus aureus. The newly passed Food Safety Modernization Act won't prevent this from happening again.

Take that, Jevons paradox!

Brother, can you spare a fridge?

Just in time for the holiday cooking marathon, my spare side-by-side refrigerator conked out. Here's why I won't be replacing it.

Feed your mind

Favorite food books of 2010

Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, Novella Carpenter, and many more Friends o' Grist Food tell what tomes they most relished this past year. Plus: A Wendell Berry bonus treat!

Make-doers

FarmHack celebrates 'resourceful farming with found materials'

Farming attracts tinkerers, makers, and make-doers -- and now some have begun open-sourcing their inventions on a new blog.

Reclaimed floors are so 1990s

U.K. chef goes from zero-waste restaurants to affordable co-op supermarket [VIDEO]

When restaurants brag about how green they are, they've usually just switched to compostable takeout containers. But to chef Arthur Potts Dawson, that isn't enough.

Get back in the kitchen, you!

Men in aprons, food-police backlash, and 8 more trends

The Food Channel editors say that thanks to our crappy economy, the kind of edibles we at Grist get excited about are finally going more mainstream. Basically, bye-bye food porn and stunt restaurants -- hello do-it-yourself, make-it-don't-buy-it values.

Food Fight

The real nitty-gritty on small farms and the food-safety bill

The Food Safety Modernization Act is back in play due to a procedural error, and facing renewed opposition from an unlikely quarter: small farms and food processors and the people who support them. Here, we drag our experts back for a detailed debate on who's exempt, under what circumstances, and what the FDA's agenda might be.

Chewing the Scenery

Jon Stewart smacks Glenn Beck over food safety bill

The Daily Show comedian praises the Senate for passing (well, almost) the food safety bill, and mocks Fox for FDA fear-mongering. I wonder, maybe Glenn Beck doesn't want the FDA poking around in his business?

Yamming it up

What food pros are looking forward to this Thanksgiving

We set aside our knee-jerk curmudgeonliness and asked other food professionals how they make Thanksgiving interesting for themselves. Because, while this holiday for us has always been more about the company than the meal, we knew these folks would serve up something inspiring.

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