Chef News

Natalie Morris on Giving Up Good Food Finder and Her Upcoming Bean Book

Page 2 of 3

See also: Good Food Finder: Good Food Allies Create a Database of Local Producers

It also gave her time to focus on her latest project: writing a book about the global history of beans.

The book, which won't be completed for some time, will be a part of the Edible series published by Reaktion Books. Other selections in the series cover topics from tequila to truffles and even sauces, herbs, and offal.

She's been working on the book for about six months now, and though she admits she wasn't initially so enthusiastic about the topic, Morris says it only took a few days for her to fall in love with the bean. In addition to researching different types of beans from all over the world, Morris will explore the role of beans in folklore, how to grow them, and even how she thinks they'll be relevant in the future.

One of the most striking things Morris says she's noticed so far is that despite beans' prevalence in our diets, the food remains quite humble.

"They're such a plebeian food," she says. "It's funny how subtle they are, yet so prominent."

Working on the book has meant moving away from her work in sustainable food, to some extent. (Though Morris still teaches core classes for the Sustainable Food System program at Mesa Community College.) But Morris says focusing on food history still works toward the same goal: bringing people together.

"Because who cares if we see climate change if we don't have each other?" she says.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Lauren Saria
Contact: Lauren Saria