Winter 2008


Locally, we are happy to announce the recent creation of the Sustainable Food Policy Board. This board will serve as an advisory body to the Austin City Council and Travis County Commissioner’s Court concerning the need to improve the availability of safe, nutritious, locally and sustainably grown food at reasonable prices for all residents, particularly those in need.

Tasked with coordinating the relevant activities of city government, as well as non-profit organizations and food and farming businesses, the board is currently accepting online applications for membership through the City Clerk’s office. We will have updates on the board’s activities posted regularly on our website. And Edible Austin will host a public workshop on effective food policy council strategies with Mark Winne on Sunday, December 7, as part of our second annual Eat Local Week. Join us in celebrating local food and raising money for Urban Roots, December 6–13. Happy holiday season!

Cover: Marilyn Monroe cupcake from Sugar Mama's Bakeshop (page 32) Photograph by Jenna Noel.

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Notable Edibles
Texas French Bread , Royal Blue II , RW Farm & Ranch , Elroy Sausage Co. BBQ , Fonda San Miguel’s restaurant garden .

Edible Endeavors
Driftwood Dreams
Scott Roberts plans for sustainable development in the Hill Country.

Farm to Market
Farm to Market's secret weapons: variety and Peg McCoy.

Patricia Bauer-Slate does the school lunch thing.

Water in Texas
The Crisis Underground
How we choose to use our precious water resources in Central Texas is critical to sustaining our local food producers.

350 Tools
Be a pedal pusher.

Public Policy
Forging food democracy.

La Casita de Buen Sabor
Lucinda Hutson’s tips on preparing garden greens.

Edible Indulgences
One in the Hand
What’s new in Cupcake Land? And why.

Melting Pot 
A Turkish Feast
Elif Selvili prepares an exquisite Turkish winter feast using seasonal and local ingredients.

Tipsy Texan
'Tis the Tipsy Texan season.

Ask the Permie Pro
Winter gardens and preparing for spring.

Homegrown Gourmet
Bridget Weiss cooks shamelessly for kisses.

Department of Organic Kids
Hunter Tripp’s Pot of Gold.

Edible Lit
Loving The Hill Country
An interview with author Terry Thompson-Anderson with excerpts from her latest book.

Root Causes
Adventures in the root world continue.

Seasonal Muse
Carol Ann Sayle on the green stars of winter.

Seasonal Plate
Fino’s Berkshire Pork Shank.

Herbal Wisdom
Healing, helpful herbs for holiday stress.

Art de Terroir
Jessica Cook.