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About Jess

Hello! I’m Jess Schreibstein, a Baltimore-based cook and artist. I founded the DC Food Swap, a barter-only market for food that our local community has either made or grown themselves. My writing has appeared in NPRThe Runcible Spoon, and Geeked Magazine, I’ve produced public radio stories for 99% Invisible, and this blog has been featured twice in WordPress’ Freshly Pressed for that Iceland post and a post on wild fermentation methods. All recent photography on this blog is shot in 35mm film on a hand-me-down camera.

Want to get in touch? Email me at jschreibstein at gmail dot com.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2012 3:04 pm

    Those Iceland photos really brought back memories. In 1968 I went to England via Icelandic Airlines and took the stopover package, not really having any idea of what it would be like. I fell in love with the place and wished I could stay longer. Always meant to go back but never did.

  2. October 1, 2012 7:53 pm

    I had a dear friend , a single woman, who lived and worked for many years in Iceland….she loved it.Great blog and I will be interested in coming back for more, and checking out your recipes.(I am also interested in your going to DC;I was born and raise in the suburbs, and am sorry I ever left.)

  3. October 1, 2012 10:01 pm

    I love your blog and LOVE the photos of Iceland, especially the horses! So so sweet.

  4. March 26, 2013 5:04 pm

    Okay so I’m totes double-stalking you this week, but I just wanted to let you know how much I love this blog too. I’m the one from over on instagram who holla’d love and appreciation at you yesterday…this is my supposedly secret wordpress identity. Keep up all the great work and I will keep on happily gazing on too. Love. X

  5. April 14, 2013 9:57 am

    Love your blog title!

  6. April 16, 2013 12:06 am

    First time here, and absolutely loving it!

  7. xelaardan permalink
    April 22, 2013 4:06 pm

    Wow! Love what you’ve got going here — beautiful pictures and mouthwatering concoctions. I’ll definitely be making the rhubarb ginger jam this summer when I can get my hands on some fresh rhubarb!

  8. June 28, 2013 10:12 pm

    Just saw your blog on freshly pressed. Good job and great photos. Now I’m hungry.

  9. July 31, 2013 8:41 pm

    So much in common – I, too, make my own food and have some large cabbages in the garden just waiting to be turned into sauerkraut. But I will also try your ginger-carrot ferment. So you learned that at Sacred Plant Traditions, Kathleen Maier’s place in C’ville? I am thinking about signing up for Kathleen’s clinical herbalism class this fall/winter to deepen my studies in that area.
    I lived in the DC area for almost 20 yrs and am now an “ex-pat” in the Alleghany Mtn range on the outer Western edge of VA.
    I love the idea of bartering and am impressed that you were able to found such a circle. How many people participate and how does it work practically (e.g. how do you determine value of what you want to trade in for what you are looking for?).

  10. August 1, 2013 11:43 am

    Hello, I think this site is very wholesome and validates people who are trying to do the best with what they have. Great site.

  11. myspiritvoice permalink
    August 7, 2013 6:16 pm

    jess- just made a magic spell salad like the one in your pic- have never been a cook- unless i do it this way:-) thanks for your unique creativity and sharing

  12. August 8, 2013 4:41 am

    Hi there! Just wanted to say I love your blog. Really liking the film photography and your writing is filled with personality! Keep up the great work! xx

  13. September 18, 2013 9:13 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that we love your blog, but especially love your instagram account- it’s one of our favorites! We love it so much that we featured and promoted it in our post on “14 instagram accounts to follow now”.. check it out and feel free to share!

  14. November 16, 2013 2:19 pm

    You’ve inspired me to try some of your recipes! I live in Manhattan and use my oven for storage, so this is a really big deal!

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