2 minutes with Shane Mitchell
Occupation: contributing editor of Saveur | author of Far Afield (Random House)
Lives: Upstate New York
What's involved day to day as a contributing editor at Saveur?
I'm more of a field agent than an editor, having never been happy tied to a desk. So I hunt for stories on the road and in other people's kitchens.
How did your book Far Afield come about?
It was the culmination of many meals and many miles. About nine years searching for people who are rooted in their culture and food traditions. Photographer James Fisher and I could have probably kept on going--we have so many more stories to tell--but our editors wanted this book pronto!
Can you tell us about one of the amazing women you met in your travels and wrote about in the book?
Alberta Mock Chew lives in Waipi'o Valley on the Big Island of Hawai'i. She's fierce and funny. A real guardian spirit of a special place. She loves planting fruit trees: white guava, grapefruit, breadfruit, banana, orange, and lilikoi. Her husband Jayson and their daughter tend to the taro ponds on their farm. She taught me how to make lomi lomi salmon.
Are there any countries still on your bucket list to visit?
Some people collect fridge magnets on their travels (me!), you collect handmade knives...how many do you have and which is your favourite?
I've lost count. My knives are utility, nothing truly fancy, except the santoku from Sugimoto, one of the older manufacturers in Japan. They have a stall at Tsukiji. But my favorite is a little brass-and-steel cuchillo used in the field by Uruguayan gauchos. Recently, I added a Quintin Middleton paring knife to my wish list. He forges blades in South Carolina. Chef Sean Brock is using them at McCrady's Tavern and I was sorely tempted to leave the table with one in my purse.
You can follow Shane and her travels on Instagram @shanefarafield