Eating Between the Pages

A reporter asked author Donna Leon about her crime series' protagonist, Commissario Guido Brunetti, a Venetian police inspector. “Did you give him a love of food so you could write about it?”...

Growing with Community

Central Co-op’s commitment to small producers and ethical sourcing makes it more than your average grocery store....

Chefs Who Farm

A handful of top Western Washington chefs plant a new spin on farm-to-table dining — by doing some of the farming themselves....

Taking the Bait

“They’re the Rodney Dangerfield of the sea,” says Warner Lew, Seattle’s herring evangelist and seller of high-end canned and smoked fish. “No one wants it; no one eats it. And I just think it could have a better fate.”...

Beyond the Bean

That foamy-white cappuccino – your sunshine in a cup – has a dark side. What you don’t see are the neck-deep piles of discarded coffee-cherry pulp rotting in the tropical heat, producing greenhouse gases and serving as breeding grounds for disease-borne mosquitoes. A former Starbucks employee named Dan Belliveau is out to change all of that....

The First Cookie

A couple of years ago, my husband, Andy, received a package in the mail from his father: a small plastic box containing a collection of family recipe cards....

Lunch and Learn

Ethnic Seattle’s food tour helps bridge the gap between Little Saigon’s restaurants and first-time patrons — bringing these hidden gems into a well-deserved spotlight....

Only Serving Love

Operation Sack Lunch rescues food that would otherwise be tossed, and creates nourishing meals for the city’s most vulnerable citizens....

Taking a Bite Out of Global Warming

With the arrival of 2017, I began to rethink what this moment needs from us. What we eat leaves ample room for change, the kind that immediately improves the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we call home....

No Manual Required

I have always maintained that if you want to get to know someone infinitely better, all you need to do is meet their parents. This year, I’ve learned that you can gauge how someone feels about their parents by telling them that yours are building a house in your backyard. From the beginning, it was always the three of us: my mothers and me. I was raised by two delightfully stubborn women who have never let anyone determine their fate, whether that meant having a baby as a lesbian couple in 1984, opening Seattle’s first woman-owned coffee roastery, or countless other quietly subversive actions that have enabled our family to thrive. ...

Percolating Through the Generations

It was the late 1800s. In the midst of the internal violence of Colombia’s Thousand Days’ War, a group of daring muleteers, or arrieros, ventured south from Manizales to seek their fortunes in the unexplored lands bordered by modern-day Caldas, Risaralda, and Quindío: the fertile triangle of Colombia’s famous La Zona Cafetera — The Coffee Zone....