As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists. ~Joan Gussow


Howdy! Though originally from Austin, I’ve lived in MN, CA, OR, Ecuador and Bolivia. I’ve worked in two National Parks and served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia (hence some of the Bolivia-centric posts). The short end of the story is that I was in Oaxaca, Mexico in July 2007…and then landed a job in the sustainable food world in Austin in August 2007; I’ve been there ever since.

Currently I am the director of a community-based cooking and nutrition program. Did you know that the average American spends 2.5 hours a day watching television but only about .5 hours preparing/cleaning up after meals? That’s where the program comes in–we teach people how to cook healthy meals that are inexpensive and approachable.

I certainly like good food and I admit that my palette is fairly experienced.  But I’d stop short of saying that my mouth only waters with haute cuisine, as that does not fit my style or outlook in life. I’m an “everyday cook;” I enjoy cooking with seasonal, local produce to produce simple, flavorful meals. I believe in the power of prevention and healing with foods. I still experience culinary hiccups which frustrates me to no end. But, I’ve learned to accept it and even write about it here. Even the most talented and experienced make mistakes.

I’m what you would categorize as a fairly outspoken individual. I’m opinionated and I point out the inconsistencies or injustices that exist, especially as they relates to food/health/inequality/culture. I’m still learning the art of the argument, so please be patient with my Food Politics and Food Culture posts.

My favorite gardening season is winter because I don’t have to fight the TX heat. I have chickens in the backyard that would love to ravage my garden in the front yard.

Joy in her kitchen-garden


5 responses

  1. valeriamorrow

    Muy bueno, chica–me encanta! Todas las cosas que nos interesan a nosotros “like-minded folk”–buenisimoe!

    February 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    • Joy

      Gracias, Val!!

      February 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

  2. valeriamorrow

    oops; buenisimo!

    February 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm

  3. shefskitchen

    This looks great Joy!! I love the pics of everything and the seasonal cooking ideas!

    February 16, 2011 at 5:47 am

    • Joy

      Thanks, Shef!!

      February 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

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