The great California sardine boom and bust

While doing some research for my next “Eating by the Numbers” piece for Edible San Francisco (subscribe on-line today!), I ran into some fascinating documents about the now-gone California sardine industry. Today’s tourist destination of Cannery Row occupies land and buildings that were once a huge industry, employing thousands and providing a significant fraction of […]

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Breeding Ground: a Visit to Luther Burbank’s Gold Ridge Farm in Sebastapol

(Update, 3/6/17: fixed broken links, updated photos) A few weeks ago, I visited Gold Ridge, Luther Burbank’s experimental farm in Sebastopol while touring the wine country and counting the hours until our reservation at Ubuntu in Napa (which unfortunately closed in late 2011). Luther Burbank may not be a household name, but his work touches […]

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Edible San Francisco has my numbers – Abalone and Dungeness Crab harvests

For the latest issue of Edible San Francisco — “The Fish Issue” — I contributed some interesting and revealing statistics about seafood in general and abalone in particular. For example, about one-third of the wild fish harvest is used to make animal and fish feed (the source of this figure is at the bottom of […]

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