Edible Monterey Bay

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“It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it. And then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…and it is all one.”
—M.F.K. Fisher, from The Gastronomical Me

As we write this note, the United States is reeling from its latest school shooting, which, at the time of this writing, was in Parkland, Fla. You may wonder, “But what does that have to do with food? Edible Monterey Bay is a food magazine!” This is indeed a food magazine. But as M.F.K. Fisher so artfully expresses in the above passage, food, security and love are all connected. And knowing this, it’s our profound hope that in the near future we all can come together to demand badly needed, common-sense gun regulation, just as we have rallied around safe and healthy food. Our children depend upon both. But back to this issue, Fisher’s comment comes from a beautiful story by our writer, Anina Marcus, about her long correspondence with the legendary author and what she learned from it. Indeed, you’ll find much throughout the magazine to help you celebrate and provide the food, love—and even the security—of which Fisher writes

John Cox’s piece tells the fascinating story of so-called trash fish—the undervalued, less familiar and yet abundant and delicious species that are so important to the livelihood of our local fishermen and the revival of our local fisheries. We also include an illustrated guide to local “trash fish” and Cox’s professional tips for preparing them.

Kathryn McKenzie writes about the struggles our region’s vibrant CSAs are having as they face increasing competition from big box stores, conventional grocers and prepared meal companies, and her story may make you decide to provide a little more security to a farmer—and a little more super-fresh food for you table—with a CSA membership. Our CSA guide will help you choose the right one for your household.

Rosie Parker takes you foraging with the founder of Big Sur Salts, who has been bringing a lot of love to the kitchens of local chefs and home cooks alike with sea salts and sea salt blends like the one on our cover.

Other stories that you’ll not want to miss include Jordan Champagne’s instruction in making your own chèvre and Jamie Collins’ piece (with recipes from Tim Wood) on that quintessential harbinger of spring, asparagus. In something of a sequel to our story last year about how marijuana legalization was affecting the region’s agricultural community, Wallace Baine checks in on local pioneers of the cannabis edibles business. And finally, Lily Stoicheff explores the latest collaborations of our refreshingly collegial brewery community.

But whatever you do, be sure to read Marcus’ story about Fisher. It will stay with you for a long time to come, like the memory of a delicious meal shared with someone you love.

Cheers to a happy and healthy spring,
Sarah Wood and Rob Fisher

About the author

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SARAH WOOD—founding editor and publisher of Edible Monterey Bay—has had a life-long passion for food, cooking, people and our planet.

She planted her first organic garden and cared for her first chicken when she was in elementary school in a farming region of Upstate New York.

Wood spent the early part of her career based in Ottawa, Canada, working in international development and international education. After considering culinary school, she opted to pursue her loves for writing, learning about the world and helping make it a better place by obtaining a fellowship and an MA in Journalism from New York University.

While working for a daily newspaper in New Jersey, she wrote stories that helped farmers fend off development and won a state-wide public service award from the New Jersey Press Association for an investigative series of articles about a slumlord who had hoodwinked ratings agencies and investment banks into propping him up with some early commercial mortgage securitizations. The series led Wood to spend several years in financial journalism, most recently, as editor-in-chief of the leading magazine covering the U.S. hedge-fund industry.

Wood could not be happier to now be writing and editing articles about the Monterey Bay foodshed and the amazing people who help make it so vibrant and diverse. And, after spending much of her adult life gardening on fire escapes, she’s very glad to be planting in the ground again.

Wood lives with her husband, Rob Fisher, a fourth-generation Californian, and young daughter in Carmel Valley. Their favorite meal is a picnic dinner at Pt. Lobos State Reserve.