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Food Writing Forum: Edible Manhattan

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

From the Upper East Side to the East Village, Manhattan seems to have infinite choices of where to eat. Edible Manhattan is a new quarterly magazine that investigates this diverse food culture--more investigative journalism than food porn, more historical profile than restaurant gossip. Luis Jaramillo, associate chair of The New School Writing Program, moderates a reading from the inaugural issue of the magazine. Participants include Brian Halweil, executive editor of Edible Manhattan and senior researcher and John Gardner Public Service Fellow at Worldwatch Institute; Gabrielle Langholtz, editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, faculty in NYU's Food Studies program, and publicity manager for Greenmarket; and Michael Harlan Turkell, photo editor for Edible Manhattan. This event was held by The New School.

The New School; author of short stories and nonfiction; has been published in Open City and Gamers.
Brian Halweil is a senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute covering issues of food and agriculture. He joined Worldwatch in 1997 as the John Gardner Public Service Fellow from Stanford University, where he had established a student-run organic farm on campus. The farm was community-supported and sold produce to the university and local restaurants. In addition, Brian has set up community-supported farms and organic farms/orchards throughout California and assisted farmers who were making the shift from chemical to organic agriculture. As a food and agriculture expert, Brian has testified before the U.S. Senate on biotechnology, poverty, and hunger. In addition, he has spoken to non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and industry groups on a variety of issues, ranging from organic farming to vegetarianism to genetically engineered crops. Brian's work has been featured in national newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, and New York Times, and on radio networks, such as National Public Radio and Voice of America. Brian has traveled extensively in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa, learning indigenous farming techniques and promoting sustainable food production. He holds Bachelor's of Science degrees in Earth Systems and Biology from Stanford University. He has also completed research, fieldwork, and coursework at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California at Davis. His work at Davis included participation in the "100 Year Sustainability Project" as well as the Student Experimental Farm for Alternative Agriculture. Brian writes from Sag Harbor, New York, where he and his wife tend a home garden and orchard.
Gabrielle Langholtz went to high school in Manhattan but fell in love with Brooklyn while at college in Virginia, where her local bar had Brooklyn Brewery Stout on tap. She swilled it while writing her undergraduate honors thesis on the Brooklyn Bridge's symbolism in art and literature, and moved to the boro upon graduating ('98). While battling a vegetable addiction, she was simultaneously a member of the Park Slope Food Co-op, tended a community garden plot, held a CSA membership, spent weekends on a farm upstate, and was a farmers market shopaholic. She has taught in the NYU Food Studies department and for five years has managed publicity for Greenmarket, the nation's largest network of farmers markets. She makes jam and pickles in her Park Slope apartment, pretending it's a farmhouse, and says her personal mission statement is to raise public awareness about the impacts different eating choices have on ecology, health, and the richness of life.
Michael Harlan Turkell is a freelance photographer and free-time cook who used to work in restaurants, but now photographs the inner workings of kitchens for his “Back of the House” project. His work was recently published in 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers, Volume 2 by powerhouse books. He currently lives in Brooklyn and tends to eat and drink well.