Early Dirt, 1979

About Eating Dirt

Dirt! It's what's for dinner!

No? Well, not exactly.

But soil is the vehicle that brings mineral nutrients into the plants we eat, and for that reason dirt is important. It also holds the water that enables plants to grow at all, and gives their roots something to grab on to. Without good soil we would all be in serious trouble.

My name is Heather Knape (it's pronounced /nap/). I have been eating food and digging in the dirt for more than forty years. That's me over there, in the scarecrow overalls holding the tomato, back in 1979. Even then I was into dirt. Today I still hold dirt in high esteem: as a gardener, CSA member, cook, eater, wife and mother.

Good dirt is what grows the food I feed myself and my family. Finding a happy medium between foods that my kids like to eat and foods that I like to eat is quite challenging, as is finding the time to actually prepare our meals and snacks. This blog is about all that: what we eat, how and when we cook it, who likes it and who doesn't.  Occasionally, I'll post recipes for things we love and eat over and over again. We also dine out often, so I'll post about that, too.

You can subscribe to this blog by following it on Facebook, subscribing in email or with an RSS feed. Please follow along and tell me about what you like to cook, in the comment section of each post. I'm always looking for new ideas! 

You can also find me at Food Lit, a group I coordinate for 18 Reasons. We meet once a month in San Francisco's Mission district to eat lunch and discuss books that are about food. If you are local and interested, please join us! You can also follow Food Lit on Facebook, read more about the club in Jackie Burrell's article from the San Jose Mercury News and in Sarah Henry's post on KQED's Bay Area Bites.

Happy eating!