Fall 2009

cover_fall2009Thinking Little
So I hope you will enjoy some perspectives on "thinking little" we have in this issue of Edible Austin. David Ansel writes about the downsizing of restaurants in our booming food cart culture. Jeremy Walther demystifies the microbiology of nurturing our soil to grow more productive and healthful gardens. Robin Chotzinoff introduces us to Broken Arrow Ranch’s back-to-basics field-harvested wild game. Marshall Wright opens his lens for us for a new feature called Back of the House featuring James Holmes’s elemental cooking behind the line at Olivia. Lucinda Hutson illuminates our journey paying homage to our loved ones in her Dia de los Muertos column. Soll Sussman catches Diana Kennedy at the farmers market lamenting that we’re still using plastic bags even though we should know better by now. And new columnist Lisa Fain takes us on a guided tour of making bratwurst from scratch. Her column Handiwork will be a seasonal DIY of cooking adventures.

Cover: Mussels simmer in a bath of Lone Star beer at Olivia.
Photograph by Marshall Wright.

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Notable Mentions

BookPeople & Edible Austin present author Pamela Walker

Notable Edibles

Rain Lily Design’s rooftop garden, Green Gate Farms, Break It Down, Whole Food Market’s Local Producer Loan program.


On the Market with Diana Kennedy

Diana shops our farmers markets and speaks her mind.

Edible Endeavors


Austin's booming cart culture has historic roots for entree into the restaurant market.

Edible Endeavors

Game on

Broken Arrow Ranch field harvests wild game from over a million acres in Texas.


Pearl Brewery.

Cooking Fresh

Kitchen Pride Mushrooms.

Melting Pot

The French connection.

In Your Own Backyard

Saving our Soil: part one

Restoring our soil creates a sustainable, natural food factory.

Back of the House


Glimpses behind the line at Olivia.


Toast of the Town

Take a guided tour through Austin's burgeoning wine bar scene.

Tipsy Texan

On the town. 

Seasonal Plate

Alamo Drafthouse's Slacker Sandwich.

Seasonal Muse

Early fall is for the birds.

Root Causes

Practicing patience.

Edible Lit

Growing good things to eat in Texas.

Department of Organic Kids

There’s a fungus among us.

Eat Wild

Hunting the elusive morel.

Permie Pro

Gardening tips for the season.


Lisa Fain makes October brats.

La Casita de Buen Sabor

Champurrado to die for.

Art de Terroir

Cleofas Ramírez Celestino at Mexic-Arte Museum.