My name is Michelle, and I love food. I didn’t discover how much I loved food until I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder that is triggered by gluten, in 2008, and have since spent most of any day, every day, thinking about food. It seems to come in handy. (You can read more about my sickness, diagnosis, and recovery here.)
While living in Seattle, I was lucky enough to help start various urban farms. I now work for a sustainable agriculture nonprofit in San Francisco and get to hang out at a farmers market three times a week.
I believe that it’s important to know the politics and practice behind your food, and you might find a lot of that on this blog. However, learning about the food system in this country can be depressing, and my path through food has always emphasized the beauty and joy in good food. So that will be here too.
This blog is a place for me to keep up to date on the food system and try to become more comfortable and creative in my food preparation. I often feel like I don’t know what I’m doing in the kitchen, and I welcome any advice.
Finally, I believe that in order to really understand your food you must know about agriculture, and I like to talk about the farms where my food comes from. As a sustainable agriculture advocate and someone with diet-related health concerns, I know how tricky it is to try to balance dietary needs with ethical preferences. I’ve also found that between those options lies a creative balance, one that I hope inspires new ways of experiencing food.
I also want to send a special thank you to my partner, Julian, for his endless patience and support. I don’t know how I would have learned to set up a website without his steady guidance, and I’m eternally grateful for the hours of labor he has happily contributed to fixing glitches and style. Then there’s the joy of fixing dinner together, the fact that he’s always willing to let me pick the restaurant or meal, his enthusiastic support of raw food when it was a dietary necessity of mine, his willingness to carry bags of strangely shaped produce on the BART, and his constant support of my not-so-lucrative endeavors in the kitchen. I am truly lucky to have such a wonderful person in my life.
I love hearing about others’ own relationship with food, so don’t hesitate to share.
Love and Tomatoes,
Michelle Venetucci Harvey
michelle.ann.harvey [at] gmail [dot] com