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Liz Carlisle, author of  Lentil Underground; Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America

 

Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Big things come in small packages they say, and this is definitely true of lentils.  This tiny legume is not only a powerhouse of proteins and essential amino acids but is the stuff of legends. Who doesn’t know the story in Genesis  of Jacob and Esau who, some say was tricked into selling his birthright to his brother for a bowl of lentils? The metaphor of the power of lentils or of the character of human beings is there for us to stir and elaborate on.

Liz Carlisle, a journalist and fellow at UC Berkeley’s Center for Diversified Farming Systems, is a former country singer and a would-be organic farmer from Montana.  Is small, multi-crop farming a utopia? Or is it becoming a reality in Montana, a bastion of mega farms and genetically engineered wheat or other mono-crops?

Revolutions start from the ground up.

Liz’s first book, the newly released  Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, tells the story of a band of Montana farmers who have defied corporate agribusiness by reforming our agricultural system., with engaging but quirky characters against the background of the politics of the rural west and the ruthless power of the mega farms and corporations.   

lentil saladListen as Liz tells us about Montana Senator Jon Tester, why she titled her first book Lentil Underground , why she calls lentils the “Robin Hood” of the prairies" and which are her favorite lentil recipes.

The timeless lentil is back in the news as Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America  takes us into rural America and makes us rediscover the spirit of this indomitable democracy with a fresh insight into the people who make it all happen, from the ground up.      

 Lentil Salad. Photo: Simone Diament, SFG