Being a lone diner has its advantages… either people take pity upon your solitude and they talk to you or you strike up a rapport with whomever seems interesting — I love meeting different people. It keeps me fresh, it keeps this blog interesting, and it expands the scope of how food and culture intertwine on the American dining scene.
That said, remember that smart Cooper Union chica I met at 15 East? She had suggested that I read Robin Shulman’s Eat The City, a book written by a war journalist turned food writer who discovered the hidden food ecosystems of NYC’s boroughs. Beekeepers, winemakers, brewers, butchers, foragers… all traipsing on the streets of NYC, harvesting the goods that feed us all.
Just as Facebook and LinkedIn have rendered our personal networks into tangible forms, into “likes” and “connections”, Williams-Sonoma’s agrarian line materializes the upscale culinary market of the New Domesticity. Yes, “urban homesteading” does exist. Yes, WS’s agrarian acknowledges this demand in the culinary economy. Yes, the media are listening. I am listening.