Interviews

By Riki Shore I first met Nell Stephenson, aka The Paleoista, at the decadent Caffe Luxxe in Santa Monica. I didn’t know what to look for, but there was a woman in super fashionable clothes who looked like she could keep pace with Usain Bolt. When she caught my eye, she gave me the friendliest smile. We ordered espresso and fell into an hour-long conversation. We talked about Paleo vs. gluten-free diets, fitness, how to market a blog, and her forthcoming book. It had taken me the better part of an hour to cross LA and meet her. On the […]

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By Riki Shore Chef Jason Kim created Forage, an upscale eatery in a sleek whitewashed space in Silver Lake. On this strip of Sunset Boulevard, where ultra-hip clothing and home furnishing stores are nestled in with dingy taco stands and fast food restaurants, Forage is undoubtedly your best option for a healthy and delicious meal. The stainless steel counter offers up an array of deceptively simple items. Choose from organic homemade rotisserie chicken; persimmons and pomegranates tossed with arugula and black kale; quinoa studded with roasted grapes, shaved radishes and lemon. Dishes like these have more in common with a […]

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By Riki Shore Sharon Kane is highly sensitive to gluten and other foods. Not wanting to give up eating freshly baked breads, she developed a recipe for a gluten-free sourdough starter, which can be used to make breads and pancakes. She’s published The Art of Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking and teaches classes on her methods. She’s agreed to share her sourdough starter recipe with Three Squares – download the PDF to start baking. TS: How did you first discover that you were gluten-intolerant? Were there other foods you chose to give up in addition to gluten? SK: I had chronic sinus infections, digestive issues […]

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By Riki Shore Each year, the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) organizes a conference on health and nutrition that attracts more than 1000 health practitioners. This year’s meeting, which takes place this coming weekend in Dallas, is called Wise Traditions – Mythbusters. WAPF president Sally Fallon Morell says attendees to the conference “will come away with a sense of relief that delicious foods like butter, meat, eggs, and raw milk are not dangerous substances as claimed, but rather foods that support optimal health.” Since I can’t make it to Dallas this weekend, I decided to catch up with a couple […]

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By Riki Shore When I was growing up, I had several friends whose houses were like second homes to me. Their back doors were always open and we kids could play at these houses any afternoon after school. The mothers in these houses were like alternate mothers. They would watch out for us, keep us in line, drive us home if needed, and, most especially, feed us. One of these mothers was Mrs. Egan, who worked full-time and still came home and cooked a meal from scratch for her husband, four children, and whatever stragglers were still there from an afternoon […]

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By Riki Shore Valerie Aikman-Smith travels the world styling food, working with some of the best photographers in the world. A native of Scotland, she now resides in LA, where she works as a food stylist for films, TV and print. Her list of clients is long, including films such as Titanic and Oceans 11, TV stars like Giada De Laurentiis, and print outlets such as Bon Appetit, Sunset and Vanity Fair. Her photos are nothing less than breath-taking. I had the pleasure recently of catching up with her in between trips to find out more about how she does […]

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By Riki Shore Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen of the Root Simple blog just published their second book, Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, which features DIY projects for anyone interested in moving even part of their life off-grid. Coyne and Knutzen live smack in the middle of Los Angeles, a city that has more inhabitants than 23 of the states in our country, yet they have managed to live as though they were pioneering on the North Dakota plains. They make their own bath soap and household cleaning products; they raise their own chickens and keep […]

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By Riki Shore We at Three Squares like buying high quality meats and fish, and we like supporting local businesses. A visit to McCall’s Meat and Fish Co. in Los Feliz allows us to do both. Owned by the husband and wife team, Nathan McCall and Karen Yoo, the store has been open for a little over a year. Drawing on extensive professional kitchen experience, the two stock their store with the highest quality products, everything from the mundane to the extraordinary. You can find ground chuck, farm fresh eggs, and whole chickens. If you’re looking for something more exciting, […]

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Joel Salatin, the self-described “lunatic farmer”, who’s been made famous by Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the documentary film Food Inc., stopped in San Luis Obispo recently to give a talk to the Cal Poly students’ Real Food Collaborative. Three Squares was able to catch up with Mr. Salatin after the talk to ask some more in-depth questions. Buying Food from Small Farmers Raising Cattle in California Small Farm Food Processing Feeding Families More Resources Buying Food from Small Farmers TS: You’ve said that you have a love-hate relationship with farmers’ markets, and that right now, you’re not participating in […]

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