Doesn't she look like someone you'd like to share some mead with? Lucy Horton's cookbook, Country Commune Cooking, was at the bottom of a cardboard box of books at a garage sale two weeks ago. I've always been intrigued by the idea of communal living, so I was excited to see that the book contained not only recipes, but page upon page of descriptions of her interactions with the "freaks" and "longhairs" (as they proudly referred to themselves) she met while hitching around the country from commune to commune, gleaning their most successful recipes. It 's not surprising that many of the freaks' ideas about food at that time are now being implemented and seen as revolutionary "green" or "organic" lifestyle choices. They were very aware of the necessity to cut back on processed foods, grow chemical-free food, and minimize meat eating. These were some of the grass roots of the organic movement, in fact, to quote the Wall St. Journal's Ray Sokolov "she assembled the crucial artifacts of a movement within The Movement."
I tried googling Lucy to see what she's been up to lately. I hope she's well and healthy, maybe still in the Vermont commune that was being created upon publication of her book, maybe mixing up a batch of tortillas (lots of these communes were in New Mexico) or Soybean Casserole.