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Lynne Curry grew up in New England, tasted and rejected a fashion journalism career in New York City, and moved to the Pacific Northwest “for the summer."

Over 20 years later, she's lived and cooked in a rustic cabin, on a tall ship, at high altitude and for four-star restaurants in Washington and Oregon. Feeding her family of four in her own renovated kitchen has been the hardest of them all.

A former vegetarian, Lynne spent a year eating a lot of grassfed beef to write her first cookbook, Pure Beef: An Essential Guide to Artisan Meat with Recipes for Every Cut (Running Press), published on May 15, 2012. Part narrative and user-friendly instructional manual with 140 recipes, it promotes a mindful and joyful way of eating meat.

Lynne writes and develops recipes, cooks and teaches from her home in Joseph, Oregon. Find more of her writing and her Rural Eating blog at lynnecurry.com.

Main photo: Beet Chocolate Cake. Credit: Lynne Curry

I never thought of myself as a beet fanatic. Sure, I like this versatile root vegetable well enough, but only recently realized that beets

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A well-sourced holiday roast doubles as a conversation piece. Credit: Copyright 2016 Lynne Curry

These days, many of us are weighing the impacts and ethics of meat eating in general. So the prospect of buying and cooking a

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The heritage turkeys at Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch live much like their wild ancestors on the Kansas prairie. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jim Turner, Turner Photography, Lindsborg, KS

Before deciding whether to brine, deep-fry or spatchcock the Thanksgiving turkey, more Americans than ever are puzzling over a pressing ethical question: "Which type

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At Ward's Pleasant View Farm in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Credit: Copyright 2016 Jessica Anderson.

If the news shocks you that the dozen organic eggs you just bought came from hens living in factory-like conditions, you are not alone. Nationwide,

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Mise en place for a pickle recipe. Credit: Copyright 2016 Lynne Curry

I have a whole shelf’s worth of books on the art of preserving -- from the "Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving" to Sandor

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Caramelized onions make any burger better. Credit: Copyright 2016 Lynne Curry

At a time of year when most people are fixated on berries and peaches, corn and tomatoes, it's also the season to get excited

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Grilling the perfect bird. Credit: Copyright 2016 Lynne Curry

It's hot, you're busy and company's coming for dinner. Nothing's easier than tossing some chicken on the grill. Am I right? Not at all! Think

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Roast chicken. Credit: Copyright 2016 iStock

I eased my shopping cart along the meat counter in a national chain grocery store to buy a whole chicken. Roast poultry for dinner seemed

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