November 2008 Archives
One of my all-’round favorite food people I met in the course of researching The United States of Arugula is Bill Niman, the schoolteacher turned rancher. You might have heard or read that Niman no longer runs the beef-and-pork company that bears his name. But he continues to live and work at the original ranch in Bolinas, California. And he’s not just raising goats, as has been reported, but turkeys, too. This photo was taken by Niman’s wife, Nicolette. None of the turkeys here, to my knowledge, received politically opportunistic pardons.
This is just Niman’s first year raising turkeys, so they don’t have wide distribution, but keep an eye out for them for future Thanksgivings, under the BN Ranch name.
I’m no political blogger, but man, did I get a lot of flak, even from favorable reviewers, for calling my book The United States of Arugula. So let the election results stand as a repudiation of the title haters and the arugula haters out there.
As Jim Stingl of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes, “It’s safe to eat arugula again without being branded an elitist.”