Jennifer Prediger

Jennifer Prediger is a writer and producer who channels Umbra Fisk for Grist in the world of online video. She recently joined a CSA and is learning how to live with less take-out.

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Weeks 20-22: Cooking strike

I’ve spent very little quality time with the fruits and vegetables from the CSA of late except in their most simple form -- raw. But should I really be trying to eat turnip greens and sweet potatoes uncooked?

Urbivore's Dilemma, Week 19: Fresh bok choy and Chinese take-out

If old habits die hard, then old eating habits die harder, and include the power of rising from the dead. Two weeks ago, the bok choy I received revived some old habits.

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 18: Tomatillos, cilantro, hot peppers, oh my!

This week, the Urbivore gets something in her veggie box that veers outside of her comfort zone. Help her over this food hurdle!

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 17: The many uses of baking soda

They say you shouldn't s%&t where you eat, but have you ever considered brushing with what you eat? This week, the Urbivore finds herself on a trip with only an apple and baking soda.

Urbivore's Dilemma, Week 16: Food in a time of loss

On my way to my Greek grandfather's deathbed, I ponder life, love, good dinners -- and people who make you sick.

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 15: Roasted squash, perfect pears spell summer into fall

The Urbivore got a CSA box full of the tastes of fall, but she has another dilemma. Shying away from factory farm eggs, she's been going for farm-fresh ones. But how does she know these chickens are really "free range"? …

Balancing commemoration and conservation on Sept. 11

Much was illuminated on September 11, as two beams of light glowed in New York to memorialize those lost nine years ago.

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Weeks 13 &14: Being away from my CSA box

Forced to eat cafeteria food for six days straight, the Urbivore has a new dilemma -- being homesick for her local-veggie box. Can such fresh food spoil you? And why does it spoil so fast, anyway?

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Week 12: Salting vegetables and nonstick cookware

August marks a rich point in summer with food bursting on the vine. This week, the Urbivore salts and cooks an eggplant; as things get sizzling, she takes a closer look at nonstick cookware.