Health & Wellness


Author Deborah Geering

  • Deborah Geering

    Contributing Writer

    Before joining the Atlanta magazine team in summer 2010, Deborah Geering contributed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s food section for a decade as a writer, recipe tester/developer, and photo stylist. She has written about food, travel, and lifestyles for several regional and national magazines as well. When she is not cooking, writing, or scoping out farmers markets, she can often be found at a wedding, performing with the After Five String Quartet. She has lived in Decatur since 1994.


Don't just buy it—cook it

You went to your farmers market and bought stuff. Now what?

Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and the standard-bearer of the local food movement, has been promoting his new book lately, "Cooked." The basic premise, he told Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report" this week, is this: "The most important thing about your diet is not a nutrient, but an activity: cooking." Read more...

Rocket man, better known as Arugula

The trendiest in salad greens

Ever since David Kamp’s book about the evolution of American cuisine, The United States of Arugula, came out in 2006, the peppery, once-unassuming salad green (also known as rocket) has been hijacked into a kind of shorthand for trendy cuisine. Read more...

Smoothies that fit the season

Winter blends feature local greens, apples, honey

Forgive me for this outrageously healthy-sounding recipe, but it is January, and therefore all new year's diet resolutions are still in force. I usually think of smoothies more as summertime desserts: sweet blends of bananas, oranges, pineapples, mangoes, and other tropical or colorful ingredients. They're refreshing, but not always diet- friendly. And they're certainly not local. Read more...

Here's the Scoop on Honey

This sweet substance is better when bought from local sources

Honey, like wine, is a hyper­local food. Each batch is different, deriving color and flavor from the blossoms found by bees. Beekeepers place hives in, say, a kudzu patch or strawberry field. Read more...