about

Snailwrangler is the moniker I chose in 2004 to capture an aspect of the work I was doing for Slow Food. Over the years it’s come to reflect much more about my food-focused interests than I ever anticipated. I’ll leave it at that.

Inspired by the work of others who curate and comment, I started this site to share news and information about food: How it’s grown, picked, prepared, served, wasted, mislabeled, fought over, reengineered, legislated, litigated, and manipulated; how our attitudes toward it reflect some of our most deeply held beliefs, biases, and hopes; and how food law and policy affect each and every one of us, every day. That’s not to say this site will be all policy, all the time: There’s much in the food world to amuse and delight, so when there doesn’t seem to be a lot of positive news, a palate cleanser of sorts is in order.

A native Chicagoan, and one still in temperament, I’ve come to appreciate a lot about Los Angeles and California, not least the dizzying variety of food grown year-round within a few hours of my home. At the same time I miss the bracing winters and what my father referred to as “a killing frost” that could erase a lot of summer pests and problems and give a gardener a fresh start in springtime. Life—especially one focused on food—is full of such contradictions.

In addition to snailwrangler.net, I’m an attorney who focuses on intellectual property, primarily contract and copyright matters in publishing ventures.

This site is written and maintained by Lisa Lucas Talbot. Unless otherwise noted, all content (text and images) © 2013-2015 by Lisa Lucas Talbot. All rights reserved.

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