About Me

Hi, I'm Anna.  I started this blog as a way to engage with all the different ways that I love food. I grew up in a house where my Russian-Jewish Mama was always able to add a pinch of this and a dash of that to create flavorful, meaningful, natural dishes, that stood at the core of our family closeness. It was also a house where my Papa gardened, served plates of raw cabbage as a snack to his zichiki*, and ate a no-salt, no-sugar, no-oil, no-meat, no processed-food diet that embarrassed me even as it inspired me.  I became a vegetarian in high school after an assignment to write a speech of the "persuasive" genre ended up persuading me. I came into my own as a cook in college with my now-husband Justin by my side--he added those crucial chiles to make my Pad Thai spicier than it had ever been.  I began to think deeply about the politics of food during my days at Wash U, majoring in environmental studies and listening to Michael Pollan on NPR. And I became a person defined largely by food after moving to Madison, Wisconsin, a town that has mesmerized, stirred, and accommodated me for the past five years. Here, I've been lucky enough to find a doctoral dissertation topic--on the history of canned food in America--that engages me, the largest producer-only farmers' market in the country, an opportunity to be a part of some tremendous organizations that have shaped me as a thinker and an eater (CHE, Community GroundWorks, PEOPLE, GreenHouse), and a warm and welcoming community more generally.

I hope to share stories about these experiences, and many others, through this  blog. Join me!

February 2011

*Russian for "little bunnies"--my brother and I.