If Janie Burns and Amy Hutchinson hadn't organized 2011: The Year of Idaho Food, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to spend the last 12 months sipping gin at 8:30 a.m., foraging for stinging nettles in the forests of McCall, riding in a big-ass wheat combine on the Palouse, sampling more f…

In the pre-dawn December darkness, Mary Rohlfing nodded toward a familiar silhouette perched in a tree on the edge of her Boise farm. As if on cue, a great horned owl let loose a burst of hoots as Rohlfing pulled on gloves, preparing for her morning chores.

"I think we got a rainstorm coming in," Peggy Paul said, pointing to the ominous band of clouds rolling our way on a blustery, mid-November day. She led me into the shelter of her nearby orchard as icy rain began to tick against the dry leaves and bristled burrs that clung to some 500 chestn…

I hesitate to invoke the famous Marcel Proust time-travel tale one more time, since uncountable references to that story have ricocheted across food literature like pepper-spraying cops across the Internet. But for those whose reading habits haven't myopically focused on food and culture, I'…

On Aug. 3, federal and county law enforcement agents raided a Venice, Calif., raw-food club, searching for raw milk. The YouTube video of the raid showed officers, with guns drawn, working their way through the facility in what critics called "government-sponsored terrorism" and "an attack o…

For many, it is a dream to live off the land--eat the wild greens that grow in the back yard, fish the local streams for food, hunt if you want to.

I simply wasn't prepared for what I saw when Fred Colby, co-owner of Laughing Dog Brewery in Ponderay, pulled opened the heavy door to his walk-in cooler. Instead of setting eyes on cases of craft beer, I caught the cold gaze of six very pink pig carcasses.

As we roared downstream through the River of No Return Wilderness via jet boat, skipping off rapids and dodging just-submerged boulders, I decided my imaginary movie version of this adventure should be titled Indiana Appleseed in the Canyon of Lost Treasure. Naturally it would be packed with…

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