Carol Deppe

Oregon-based plant breeder Carol Deppe is the author of The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times (Chelsea Green, 2010). Avatar image courtesy Keane McGee, Nichols Garden Nursery.

The games people eat

Why playing with your food is serious business

Sometimes, you just want to get your hands on some food and goof around. Don’t worry; it just means you’re human.  Sometimes, I cook when I’m hungry. Then there are those times I find myself heading into the kitchen with a strong drive for … well … nothing in particular. And I’m not even hungry. I just want to prepare some food. That’s all. I want to mess with food. And that can lead to an extra unneeded meal. We humans do more and more complex food manipulation and preparation than any other creature. I speculate that the drive to …

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