Vanessa Barrington

Vanessa is a writer, cookbook author, cook, and food consultant based in Oakland, CA. She is the author of DIY Delicious: Recipes and Ideas for Simple Food from Scratch and the co-author of Heirloom Beans with Steve Sando of Rancho Gordo. Her writing also appears regularly on both and


DIY yogurt [Recipe]

Make your own yogurt with this easy recipe from the book DIY Delicious.

Urban Agriculture

Baltimore’s can-do approach to food justice

Beehives from Five Seed Farm and Apiary, one of the farms expected to begin production on Baltimore city land in 2012. Photo: Courtesy of Five …

Sustainable Food

Chow-to: Clean sardines

By now it’s become conventional wisdom that eating low on the food chain is more sustainable. In the case of fish, that means sardines, anchovies, …


Queer as farm folk: Can the LGBT community save sustainable farming?

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community has a history of organizing collectively and revitalizing urban spaces. Can they do the same for small-scale farming?


Chow-to: Tomato escarole soup with saffron [RECIPE]

A great way to use up the last of your garden tomatoes.


Chow-to: Corn, green bean, pepper salad with harissa [RECIPE]

This easy salad recipe combines a range of veggies with the zing of harissa for an early fall treat.

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