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Taste of the Town: Amy Pennington

The Urban Pantry author on Twitter, vegans, and cookbooks.

By Caitlin King May 4, 2010

When she’s not tending the produce at West Seattle’s Spring Hill or kickin’ it at her “neighborhood hang” Caffe Ladro in Fremont, Amy Pennington of Go Go Green Garden helps city-dwelling Seattleites grow their own goods.

Catch Pennington as she makes the rounds touting her just-released Urban Pantry: Tips & Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable & Seasonal Kitchen.

Do you use recipes or wing it?
I wing it, completely. I read cookbooks like people read novels, for inspiration or ideas, but nine times out ten I make shit up… I pull ideas from everywhere and just go for it.

Name three local tweeters we should follow now.
langdoncook: Lang is the master of secrecy, but every once in awhile he drops a tasty morsel about where/when to find delicious foraged treats like shrooms or shellfish; cityfruit: awesome and timely advice on adding fruit and fruit trees to your landscaping; @mamster: Matthew is seriously funny. I actually don’t think he tries to be, but his sense of humor and irony are thoroughly entertaining.

Are you or have you ever been a vegan?
God, no. I fully endorse and support small scale farming and husbandry. I grew up killing chickens and milking goats on Long Island, so it’s always been a part of my life.

What’s your desert-island condiment?
I’m not much of a condiment girl, unless you consider olive oil a condiment. I can’t live without that stuff! Otherwise, I love, love, love ajvar, a Croatian version of harissa, or anything that’s been pickled.

Dessert or appetizer?
Appetizer. I love sweets, but I’d rather eat a nibble of foie gras any day.

Three restaurants that sum up Seattle:
Chinook’s at Fisherman’s Terminal—a great place to take it easy on a Sunday morning or take out of town guests for lunch; Tilth —all those local ingredients just scream Seattle; Pho bac. Tom Douglas introduced me to pho years ago, and I’m an official convert. Pho Bac is the best. Every once in awhile I doubt myself and cheat on them eating elsewhere, but I always regret it. I go at least once a week.

Information first posted May 4 has been updated.

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