Try local. A global bounty. Essential ingredients.

All power to the true locavore, but in most of the United States an all-local diet would not include salt, olive oil, many spices, a surprising number of very common fruits and vegetables, or seafood of any kind; very little produce would be available year-round. Even the luckiest and geographically best-positioned Americans (most likely those living in California) would enjoy a relatively limited variety of foodstuffs, not to mention no Parmigiano-Reggiano, Époisses, Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, Barolo, Puligny Montrachet, Champagne, Cognac, or Laphroaig 30 Year. Globalism provides us with all these things and more, and a pure locavore lifestyle would demand sacrifices indeed.

Salt, spices, olive oil, and out-of-season produce are certainly assumed by the modern life, but it’s still a worthy effort to buy food that is as local as possible.

A new thread, Essential Ingredients, will highlight world-class items that may or may not be local, but will hopefully expand and enhance your repertoire.

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