The Champagne of Tap Waters

I’m emerging from a major week of cooking, as the big photo shoot for the book winds up today in San Francisco. I can’t wait to share the photos with you, but right now I’m very much looking forward to heading upstate to Andes, NY for some fresh air and relaxation – and of course, more cooking!

In the midst of all my deadlines this week, I was struck by Sean Lennon’s NY Times Op-Ed about fracking, and the damage it’s sure to do to the area upstate where his family has a farmhouse. Governor Cuomo is set to rule on the legality of fracking in NY State very soon, and a lot of people are speaking out against it.  This is an issue that’s close to my heart, as fracking not only harms the small farms that supply much of the food to New York City, but it’s almost certain to destroy our local drinking water, often referred to as the “Champagne of Tap Waters.”


NYC’s water isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot better than what most of the country—and the world, for that matter— has, and it’s free.The NYC Department of Environmental Protection can give you all the info you need about what’s in NYC’s drinking water, and they have a wonderful campaign going to encourage people to drink tap water instead of bottled. If you’re out and about at Union Square or Central Park, you may see them with a big water fountain set-up where you can refill your bottle with tasty tap water – for free!

Before you take off for the holiday weekend, take a moment to make your voice heard on the fracking issue. If you’re in the food industry, you may want to write to Gov Cuomo via Chefs for the Marcellus, a group of NYC chefs including Mario B. —and me! — that are against fracking. If you’re a music fan, sign a petition via Sean Lennon’s group Artists Against Fracking. You can also sign a petition at Food and Water Watch, a non-profit that has been fighting to preserve safe water for years.

Have a beautiful holiday weekend, see you in September!

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