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Author Amy Hatkoff on the inner world of cows and other farmyard friends

From Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, there's no shortage of current books about the ethics of meat eating. In The Inner World of Farm Animals (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2009), author Amy Hatkoff takes a slightly different tack. >More
 Cookbook cues: The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser

Amanda Hesser's latest and greatest book, The Essential New York Times Cookbook (W.W. Norton, $40) reminded me of that saying about a mullet hairdo: "Business in the front, party in the back." Set against today's glossy celebrity-chef volumes, it looks like the most personality-free cookbook ever. >More
 Capital Brewery turns 25

"I kind of knew we'd made it when I was driving and noticed that someone had thrown a couple of our empty bottles in the ditch," chuckles Capital Brewery's Kirby Nelson, as he thinks back over the past 25 years. To him it was a sign that his beer was actually competing with other, better-known brands. >More
 New items from the winter Dane County Farmers' Market

What's new at the Dane County Winter Farmers' Market? Plenty of good stuff to eat. Among the recently introduced products at the Madison Senior Center on Saturday mornings are the following: >More
 Madison eats agenda: A chili cook-off, a Fete fundraiser, Bockfest, Mad City Mardi Gras

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 The Great Dane thrives on the far side of the Interstate

Sixteen years after the original Great Dane Pub and Brewery opened its doors downtown in the old Fess Hotel, the successful franchise has opened a branch east of Madison's isthmus. It joins newer iterations at Hilldale, in Fitchburg and Wausau, and even an outpost at the Dane County Regional Airport. The Dane-East has moved into the space formerly occupied by the Cloud 9 Grille and Jovian Taphaus. >More
 Madison is in the top tier of food-cart cultures

Madison street-vending coordinator Warren Hansen reports that the Mad City's food-cart culture is about to get its day in the sun. Food Trucks: Dispatches and Recipes from the Best Kitchens on Wheels by Heather Shouse (Ten Speed Press) will be published in April; the book contains a couple of pages on our local carts. Shouse hopes to have some special promotional events in Madison combining a bookstore and a food cart or two. >More
 Cookbook cues: Cider Beans, Wild Greens, and Dandelion Jelly by Joan Aller

There's a lot of amateur food sociology around these days noting that the rise in lavish cookbooks, The Food Network and multiple food competition shows is occurring at a time when Americans are less and less likely to actually cook anything -- where "cooking" is defined as something more complicated than making a Tuna Helper. No accident, say the food sociologists. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Distill America, Wisconsin Brewers Guild

This coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Slow Money and Wisconsin Farming 3.0

Mark Olson talks about the combination of America's shaky finances and poor eating habits as though they were the Brady Bunch. "We're putting together two systems that are broken," says the second-generation Spring Green farmer. Olson is part of a group of farmers, investors and thinkers in southern Wisconsin who are trying to use new investment strategies to save a failing farming industry. >More
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