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Friday, October 05, 2007


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ROOTS For Reading*
Once upon a time I worked on a very fun project, called ROOT, with my friends over at Mariquita Farm. It featured Andy's writings about life as it relates to food and growing food — he's a farmer with a philosophy major. Each issue was 18 pages and included a seasonal recipe or two. I had the unique pleasure of complete artistic control; from choosing the paper (yummy French paper and a cool sparkle paper that I forget the name of), to creating the illustrations, it was all me. I also got to employ a couple friends to take photos and make images — Blaize helped edit it. We even had a testimonial from Susie Bright. ROOT fulfilled my longtime dream of collaborative creative work amongst friends. We did one issue per season for four seasons.

ROOTS For Dinner
My favorite way to use up the leftover roots from my Two Small Farms CSA box, including the ones my family doesn't like, is to dice them up small; toss them with olive oil, salt, and an herb or two; and roast them at high heat until they're caramelized bits of perfection. I think I got the idea from this book. It's a great way to get turnips and beets into people who think they don't like them.

ROOTS For Fashion
I'm horrible with laundry and/or bibs, so we have a lot of stains around here. I remember seeing a cool stain cover up over at Little Green's Flickr. So, in anticipation of dressing my baby for today's harvest festival I did a root version of stain management.

*I'm sure Julia still has copies of ROOT that she would love to sell. You can contact her at julia[at]mariquita[dot]com.

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Blogger Blaize said...

I liked that you had full artistic control. I also liked that I got to make the editorial style sheet for the publication. Serial comma? You bet! Ha ha ha. Nuts to you, AP format!

I think that, overall, this project is the most satisfying I have ever worked on. Working with you and Andy was very rewarding, and the final products were and are a source of pride. Thanks for making them so compellingly beautiful.

Sat Oct 06, 01:05:00 PM PDT  
Blogger capello said...

i love the pleasure of holding beautiful papers, especially when they are full of beautiful images and real-world info.

Sun Oct 07, 08:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Angelina said...

How come you all didn't keep making it? How come I've never gotten to see a copy anywhere? It sounds absolutely wonderful. Perhaps I'll see if I can get a few copies.

I love roasted roots.

Mon Oct 08, 09:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Sonya said...

I just bought some beets and sweet potatoes to roast - caramlized bits of perfection is right. Must be that nip in the air.

Wed Oct 10, 11:37:00 AM PDT  
Blogger ChardGirl said...

We had fun on the ROOT project too. I do still have copies.

I love roasting all manner of vegetables, and during the rain (it's raining around my house today) it's especially satisfying. Roasting roots is of course obvious and great, also try roasting onions, garlic, broccoli florets, cauliflower, butternut chunks, etc. Together or separate.

Why did we stop the fun project? hmmm. Anthrax, pregnancy, other small children in other homes, and farming. That's my opinion, not necessarily in that order of importance, and Michelle might have other ideas.

ps I'm part of the Mariquita piece of ROOT.

pps I still get emails 6 years later asking about ROOT: it was gorgeous!

Fri Oct 12, 09:07:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

Roots! Brilliant work! Love it!
I'm curious about Susie Bright's testimonial. It seems like an odd connection, but what do I know. Or was that thrown in there to see if anyone is reading your post and clicking on your links?

Fri Oct 12, 11:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Green Kitchen said...

Project Pink: The quote was real. It used to be on the website, but I'd have to dig though some serious paperwork to find it. It was good, maybe I should try.

Sat Oct 13, 06:40:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Project Pink Suitcase said...

It's no big's just funny.
If you find it, you find it.
Happy blogging! I always enjoy your blog.

Mon Oct 15, 10:26:00 AM PDT  
Blogger ChardGirl said...

Susie Bright's Quote about ROOT Journal:

Interest in the farm journal is not confined to the gourmet ghetto
of California’s San Francisco Bay Area.
Susie Bright, author, sex expert, and (not so secret) food snob writes:

“ROOT, and Andy Griffin’s editorials, are perhaps my favorite reading
of the year and frankly, more provocative and orgasmic than much of
the “erotica” that crosses my desk.”

Wed Oct 17, 08:40:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous leilalu said...

Two small farms is our CSA:) I love reading the articles, and being surprised each week with veggies and recipes!

Tue Oct 23, 01:47:00 AM PDT  

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