Taproot's Issue 12::BREAD is hot of the press and begins shipping to subscribers this week! Issue 12? How can it be? This wraps up our third full year, it's so hard to believe. And each issue gets better and better (in my humble opinion, that is). This one takes the cake. Or the bread. Or the fruitcake, perhaps (no really, read on). A peek inside...
A visit to the magical Bread & Puppet Theater in Vermont, the cob oven inspiration and instruction that I'll be following next year when we hopefully build our own, so many amazing bread - and cocktail! - recipes, and a fabulous gluten free bread baking guide and recipes too. Wintry cowl patterns, and lip balm recipes (just in time for making and gifting), natural dyeing with red onion skins, and a wood carving primer (for all ages!) that I'll share a lot more about with you tomorrow.....and, and...so much more.
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"Need any help?" My question is mostly rhetorical. I know what the answer will be.
"Nope." (whack!) "I'm (whack!) all set, Mom."
And with that, I do what I've learned is the best thing I can do to help my kids learn how to cook. I back away slowly and I get out of the kitchen.
- Alana Chernila from her piece Dinner With Sadie, about encouraging children in the kitchen
The spectacle (because that's what it is) happens in a barn, which is a theater, and isn't. What is a barn but a place to fill up the stomach and get warm? This barn meets the requirements. It is theater that does what our food should do: go deep, deep into us.
- Schirin Oeding, from her piece The Stars Reach Down to Bless You, a reflection on her time with Bread and Puppet Theater.
"Carving is a synthesis of two spirits, that of the wood and that of the carver. The wood can tell the carver what to do. "Look at the wood - what does it want to be?" I ask.
- Chris Knapp, from Letting Wood Speak: A Carving Primer
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Ah...I am so grateful for what these contributors share. Their words and art stay with me long after each issue is 'complete' and the skills I'm learning and the recipes I'm learning from within the pages have become a part of my daily life. I do hope the same happens for you when you read the pages. That is our hope.
I want to give a huge thank you to Gennine Zlatkis who was our absolutely amazing 2014 cover artist. We were so blessed to have her lovely work grace the cover of our magazine this year! And we are just as thrilled to announce that our longtime contributor and friend Phoebe Wahl will be moving her work from inside the pages to the cover to be our 2015 cover artist. Hooray!
We have so much more Taproot news to share with you in the coming days and weeks. If you follow us on Instagram you've likely seen some of the peeks we've shared there - we are busy bees behind the scenes right now getting everything ready for a big holiday shop update! Do check in, follow us on Instagram or join our mailing list to know when it all goes live. Until then, I want to thank you for your continued support - as subscribers or patient readers as I give these updates for these three years year. It is work I am proud of, a community I am grateful for, and something I truly believe in. We thank you for joining us on this ad-free, independent publishing adventure!
Issue 12::BREAD .... in the shop now!