Summer 2011

EdibleAustin18-Cover-webIt must be raining somewhere...

Rain is part of the hydrologic cycle of energy that we call "weather." As water evaporates from the surface of our earth, it must just as assuredly fall, somewhere.

And there are pauses in the cycle. There are dry cycles and wet cycles.

But timing is everything when your livelihood depends on water falling back to earth to grow the crops that feed your family and nourish your business when your business is farming. May marked the seventh month of the driest seven-month period on record for Central Texas over the past 150 years. As frustrating as it is to watch the home garden wither and the ants crawling out of the woodwork in search of moisture, nothing can compare to what a farmer goes through in periods of drought. It makes the hard work of farming harder.

What can we do to help our local food producers weather these periods of uncertainty? Buy your food directly from the farms and farmers markets. They need your support and your food dollars more than ever. The berries may be smaller (but no less sweet!) and the peaches may not be as plentiful, but there will be food to buy and it will be delicious.


Pulled pork sandwich from Franklin Barbecue (page 81). Photograph by Marshall Wright. Photograph by Marshall Wright.


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Barrie Cullinan

She works in small batches but has a big passion for baking.

Edible Ed

Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio.

Embracing Local

Mastering the market.

Cooks at Home

Larry McGuire.

Farmer’s Diary


New generation farmers share their story.

BeeWeaver Apiaries

Q&A with Laura Weaver

Eco Business

Green beyond the menu.

In Your Own Backyard

Let It Bee

Catch the buzz on backyard beekeeping.

Edible Brew

Rohan Meadery

Reviving the allure of honey wine.

Cooking Fresh

Turkish Summer

Enjoy this light and mostly vegan menu for hot summer entertaining.


Leslie Horne.

Seasonal Plate

Thai Fresh.

Grillin’ With Gas

Smoked pork shoulder with Lexington-style sauce.

Edible Gardens

Eat your roses.

Department of Organic Youth

The pastry chef’s daughter.

Tipsy Texan

Tiki craze. 

Behind the vines

Salt Lick Cellars.

La Casita de Buen Sabor

Seasoned salt.

Root Causes

Frying time.

Back of the House

Franklin Barbecue

You want that lean or fatty?

Seasonal Muse

Very superstitious.

Eat Wild

Preserving the harvest—pickles and relishes.

Art de Terroir

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller.