Podcast Episode 185
with our guest Tamar Haspel

To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard


Tamar Haspel coined the term first-hand food. Food that you grow, you cultivate, you forage for, you fish for, or you hunt for so that you get yourself. Tamar writes the James Beard Award-winning Washington Post column “Unearthed,” which covers the intersection of food and science, exploring how what we eat affects us and our planet. She’s also written for Discovery, Slate, Fortune Eater, Edible, Cape Cod, and other magazines and publications.

Show Notes

For this week’s interview on the School for Good Living Podcast, Tamar joins me to talk about her book “To Boldly Grow: Finding Joy, Adventure, and Dinner in Your Own Backyard.” Join us as we discuss the structure of gardening, chickens, fishing, foraging, turkeys hunting, and many others, including the ethics of eating animals. We get into first-hand food, what it is, why it matters, and why it could matter to you. Relationships are another recurring theme in this interview and I think Tamar’s take on what it takes to create and sustain a lasting and fulfilling relationship is pretty cool, and I hope you like it too.

“You do your best and hope for the best, that’s all you can do.”

This week on the School for Good Living Podcast:

  • What is firsthand food and how it differs from our typical diets
  • What is non-overlapping magisterial and how accepting it can benefit relationships
  • How to determine what plants are edible
  • The ethics of raising, hunting, and eating animals
  • Tips for staying open-minded

Watch the interview on YouTube.
Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Spotify!
Visit the Tamar Haspel guest page right here on goodliving.com!