I’m Lynne. I believe that there’s no perfect diet. Every choice comes with trade-offs, so we do the best we can.

I was a vegetarian fresh from Seattle when I moved to a new life in the mountains of eastern Oregon. It’s a place without a single stoplight and cows outnumber people by three to one.

Searching for the best foods around here, I met a lot of people raising heritage cattle on good grass and sunshine. They offered me a taste of their meat. I hadn’t eaten red meat since high school. Could this be different?

Turns out, everything about this beef was singular–from how the animal lived to how it cooked and tasted. I wanted to know more how grass becomes meat and what it means to eat a diet that’s humane, healthy and holistic. So, I wrote Pure Beef as a conscious cook’s journey.

I invite you into my kitchen and into my world surrounded by farms and ranches, rivers and mountains in eastern Oregon.

Over the past 10 years, it has led me to explore farm animal welfare, food transparency and sustainable agriculture. I also chair my local chapter of Slow Food USA.

I don’t claim to have the answers to that burning question, What should I eat? But like you, I’m doing the best I can.

I promise no adds or popups, just solid information you can trust from a food lover like you trying to make the best choices in this one precious life.