An Artisanal Gift Guide
Winter 2016

An Artisanal Gift Guide

Welcome to Craftsmanship’s inaugural gift guide, where we list the best (or at least the most unusual) items that we could find during our first year exploring the artisan world. Our discoveries include fine kitchen knives, cooking pottery, guitars, harmonicas, alcoholic drinks, and, of course, some real children’s toys.

BY John Marcom
The King of Cake
Fall 2015

The King of Cake

Speaking of Venetian artisans, meet Nono Colussi–a man dedicated to creating the perfect cake

BY Owen Edwards
The Vegetable Detective, Take Two
Fall 2015

The Vegetable Detective, Take Two

A California biologist finds toxic metals in kale, gets slammed for it on the Internet, and then finds evidence that this metal could be more troublesome than he had thought.

BY Todd Oppenheimer
Food Shift
Spring 2015

Food Shift

In an era of chronic drought, could desert crops become the new sustainable dinner?

BY Christopher Cook
Spoonism
Spring 2015

Spoonism

How I stumbled upon the world’s most perfect eating utensil.

BY Owen Edwards
The Clay Mystique
Spring 2015

The Clay Mystique

A gastro-scientific investigation of why cooks believe food tastes better (note: much better) when it’s cooked in a ceramic pot. Tour guide: Paula Wolfert, the legendary queen of American clay-pot cooking.

BY Todd Oppenheimer
Food by the Gallon
Spring 2015

Food by the Gallon

You drink eight glasses of water a day. But you consume far more through the food you eat. A special report.

BY Jessica Carew Kraft
A Brand New Idea for Commodity Exports
Winter 2015

A Brand New Idea for Commodity Exports

For years, a handful of enterprising grain farmers in the Midwest have been making huge strides–ecologically as well as financially–by managing to farm without plows and other invasive “tilling” machinery. Their achievements point to the possibility of a very different balance in global commodity trading markets.

BY Todd Oppenheimer