About Me

I am a writer and editor currently living in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia, the 12th place I’ve called home. In my day job, I am associate editor of Current History magazine. In the rest of my work life, I’ve ranged widely. I wrote a biography of Charles Fletcher Lummis, a heroic but eccentric  Indian rights gadfly who lived in Los Angeles and the Southwest from the 1880s until his death in the 1920s. I self-published a couple of culinary histories. Since 1995, I’ve had a web site about farmers markets and the local food movement, now called Seasonal Chef. As a freelance writer, I’ve contributed to dozens of newspapers and magazines, ranging from the Atlantic, the New Republic and the Wall Street Journal to the Los Angeles Times travel section and Sawasdee, the Thai International Airlines inflight magazine.

For more about me, follow the links on this page to my web sites, book blogs, galleries of my photos from hither and yon, and links to an array of other pieces I have published over the years.


My Web Sites

Seasonal Chef: Covering farmers markets, local agriculture and the chefs who favor local suppliers.

Truly Local: Reporting on fraud in farmers markets, and what vigilant farmers, market managers and consumers are doing about it.

Charles Lummis: A web site about my biography of a crusading journalist, author and editor who lived in Southern California and the Southwest from the 1880s until his death in the 1920s.

Farming Philly: About community gardening and urban agriculture in Philadelphia.

Vintage California Cuisine: A blog where I report on my experiments with early California recipes.

Vintage Vegetarian Cuisine: A blog where I report on my experiments with early vegetarian recipes.

Seasonal Chef Press: About my self-publishing venture.


My Email Address

mark@seasonalchef.com

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Mark Thompson

At Lake Branigan, bushwacking in Yosemite

At Branigan Lake off the trail in Yosemite National Park

Blue oyster mushroom, from the Clark Park farmers market in Philadelphia, photographed at Washington Crossing State Park (from SeasonalChef.com)

Blue oyster mushroom, from the Clark Park farmers market in Philadelphia, photographed at Washington Crossing State Park (for SeasonalChef.com)


My Books

American CharacterAmerican Character: The Curious Life of Charles Fletcher Lummis and the Rediscovery of the Southwest

Vintage Vegetarian CuisineVintage Vegetarian Cuisine: Early Advocates of a Vegetable Diet and Some of Their Recipes, 1699 to 1935

Vintage California CuisineVintage California Cuisine: 300 Recipes from the First Cookbooks Published in the Golden State