catapult magazine

catapult magazine

vol. 12, num. 17 :: 2013.09.20 — 2013.10.03

Who needs to slave over a hot stove in August when you can buy a jar of pickles for $1.00 at Aldi?  And yet, many people choose to do things the hard way for a variety of reasons.  Is there an inherent virtue in making or growing things instead of buying them ready-made?



Living the homemade life

How a forced transition became a welcome change.


Craft lust

Confronting the luxury of DIY porn.


Christmas Adam

A homemade neighborhood tradition engages local kids.

Time is on my side

Cultivating the texture of life, recipe in hand.

A story of yogurt

Tracing the origins of a Friday night ritual reveals its accumulated layers of meaning.

Sherman’s gift

A pumpkin pie recipe -- and a life -- to remember.

In case you missed it the first time

Rhythms of delight

An inherited recipe compliments a darkening evening.

Life from scratch

A life tapestry woven of baking bread and growing food and bearing children.

What I made

Chronicling one week of creating something out of something by hand.

Weaving the web

Canning the intangible

Kari Baumann remembers the lessons of her grandmother’s kitchen.


Keeping the feast: Robert Farrar Capon’s The Supper of the Lamb

A tribute to the priestly chef, in the wake of his death.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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