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Organic Connections

Ready for Authentic Mexican Non-GMO Corn?

By Ken Roseboro, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Masienda supplies U.S. restaurants with Mexico’s rare heirloom, non-GMO corn for great-tasting tortillas, while supporting smallholder farmers and preserving genetic diversity. It’s not often that a conversation inspires an idea leading to a project that improves people’s lives and potentially transforms an industry. But that’s

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Chef Cathy Whims’ Food Will Transport You

By Linda Knittel From where I’m sitting at Nostrana’s rustic kitchen bar, I can see one of the cooks pull my margherita pizza out of the wood-fired oven. It looks nearly identical to the “mind-blowing” pizza I had when traveling through southern Italy in my twenties. Same perfect crust. Same ruby-red tomatoes. But

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This Gas Station Will Make Your Day (Really!)

By Dave Soref If you’re ever on busy Ashby Ave. in Berkeley, California, you’re bound to notice the little gas station with the fresh flower–framed sign that says “BioFuel Oasis.” It looks a lot like your ordinary corner gas station, with two self-serve islands and a minimart, but the pumps don’t sell gas;

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CALM Connection: Candy to Your Ears!

Modern life can be pretty loud. Whether we’re trying to work, study, sleep or just relax, we can’t always escape those outside noises that disrupt our concentration or ruin our moment of Zen. Sure, we can try to block out the din with earphones or earplugs, but there’s a better way—cover it up.

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The Newest Detox (so not detox) Cookbook

By Anna Soref, Editor in Chief As I begin to flip through my review copy of blogger (, chef and culinary nutritionist Amie Valpone’s debut cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, I get excited. To me, this isn’t a detox book—this is how I would

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They Call Him Grandma Dave

Chef Dave Wells has held some impressive cooking gigs. In addition to a stint at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch, he’s run busy restaurants and worked as a personal chef for some big names, including the late Steve Jobs. But the one that has shaped his life most significantly was cooking for his mother during

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