In 2007, as the locavore wave was building, Sunset
launched a project called the One-Block Diet. We designed a summery menu calling for ingredients that we thought we might be able to grow or make right here on the magazine’s grounds in Menlo Park, California—and then we did our best to actually create it. We planted vegetables and fruits (easy), pressed our own olive oil (a bit more challenging), made wine and beer and cheese (bring it on!), and even raised chickens and bees.
The story of that menu ran in our August 2008 issue, but we didn’t stop there. Along with Team Cow, Team Tea, and Team Escargot (when your garden gives you snails …), the project spawned a blog—which won a James Beard award in 2009—and now a book.
Click through to read about out various One-Block teams and to get some deliciously fresh (and super-local) spring recipes—and don’t forget to order your copy of The One-Block Feast on Amazon.com!
Also, check out this fun video about our One-block experience at Sunset!