Root: Historic Food for the Modern World

Root Kitchens
Musings on fermentation, food history, and the stories we tell about what we eat.
Created 07 Jul 2020
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  • You shall be a sculptor, and butter shall be your medium
    02 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Ah summer. The season of fireflies, iced tea, and life-sized cows made of butter. I love butter. I love it on sweet things, and savory things: Melted in a croissant or used to baste a chicken. While b...
  • Forest friends
    16 Jul 2021 • 4 min read
    (c) Julia Skinner 2021 As I travel this month to Iceland (my first international trip in almost two years!) I'm thinking a lot about the ecology of different spaces. Here in Atlanta, we're surrounded ...
  • Eating our words
    01 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    (c) Julia Skinner 2021 Language is magical in its ability to evoke physical sensations, simply through the symbol we chose (the word/phrase) to represent an object or concept. The word 'mountain', for...
  • In Search of Magic
    14 Jun 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    Read on for a candied violets how-to, a few good stories, and a bit of magic In addition to my life in food, I'm also a writing coach, and help scholars in everything from physics to Medieval history ...
  • An orchid with a complicated past
    01 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read
    Vanilla (c) Julia Skinner When you walk by a bakery making vanilla-studded treats, the waft of vanilla is a whole-body sensation. Its heady, intoxicating scent is comforting and almost sensual, tickli...
  • (Im)balance, Birthdays, and Rose Hips
    11 May 2021 • 4 min read
    15-year-old birthday person with that year’s annual self portrait May is my birthday month, and so one that always feels a bit more sweet. I celebrated that sweetness with some musings in our member e...
  • Add some richness and history to your spring picnic basket with honey-filled treats
    03 May 2021 • < 1 min read
    Mead collage from the Hidden Cosmos Oracle Deck. (c) Julia Skinner It's May, which is in my mind unequivocally The Time For Picnics. It's not yet too hot or buggy (though here in Atlanta it's getting ...
  • Sweet and sour reflections on the changing seasons
    08 Apr 2021 • 4 min read
    Floral honey shrub image from the forthcoming Hidden Cosmos Oracle Deck April is the first month wholly situated in the spring season, and with it often comes a desire to nourish ourselves with vegeta...
  • An Ode to the Salad Spinner
    04 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    The first salad spinner I ever used was goldenrod yellow, and its color and air of kitchen efficiency made the spinner very much a product of its time. It became my favorite tool in the kitchen growin...
  • Sour medicine: We’ve been healing our bodies with vinegar for thousands of years
    17 Mar 2021 • 6 min read
    This post is an example of the content paid subscribers enjoy every month. To sign up, select the paid subscription on Substack or head to this link. Chickweed vinegar, a staple in my springtime pantr...