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May is a celebration of food-making here on MAKE, everything from growing it, to preparing it, to hacking the tools and techniques you use in make it. And we won’t forget about the unparalleled joys of snarfing it down.

Food preparing is a type of making that many of us tend to overlook when thinking about the maker parts of us. Why is this? Most of us prepare food, at least to some extent, and it has all of the components of the making experience: project planning, parts gathering, assembly, troubleshooting, and the satisfaction that comes from the completion of a successful project (in this case, dinner!). We hope that, by the end of the month, you’ll have a newfound appreciation for growing, preparing, and hacking food as a noble and enjoyable form of making.

We have a lot of great stuff lined up for you this month. Jeff Potter, author of the best-selling Cooking for Geeks will be joining us, and we’ll have a giveaway of his wonderful tome. We’ll also be profiling some of the food makers who will be presenting/serving at this month’s Maker Faire Bay Area, and we’ll be cornering some of the food makers at the Faire and getting them to spill the beans on some of their tips and techniques. Our Skill Builder series continues this month and will cover basics on food growing, cooking, kitchen tool gathering, brewing, cheese-making, and more. And we’ll be doing round-ups of the many food posts, articles, and projects we’ve included in the magazine, on Make: Projects, and here on the website over the years. It promises to be a mouth-watering month.

As always, we’d love to hear some of what you’d like to see/hope to learn this month. Please let us know in the comments below.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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