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Last week I needed to throw out an old refrigerator--a complicated task as anyone who's tried it lately knows. Before you can leave it on the street, you must remove the doors, for safety. Screws are by no means easy to loosen.

But I managed, and neatly arranged the doors with stray bits even more neatly taped, and we posted as inviting a sign as possible asking people to take it away--it worked perfectly! No bites.

So we looked for a local recycling site--and this being Jamaica Plain, there was a local guy who does nothing but recycle cooling equipment, trying to find needy takers and hauling it to the proper disposal site if not.

I was particularly pleased when he told me that the small, but neat, fridge was just what a friend had in mind. It was repurposing, not recycling: into a "kegerator." News to me--but not to our Max Fisher, who reports many a happy kegerator party, generally from sensibly scaled dorm fridges rather than the full-service kegerator ours is apparently destined for.

Here, in case you've decided this is just what you've needed for summer entertaining, are do-it-yourself instructions. And here's a list of recycling resources compiled by our Eleanor Barkhorn. Maybe you can find the raw material for your very own kegerator through one of these services--or maybe, following a link Max found and right in the Oakland/Oxford/Jamaica Plain spirit, you'll make art instead.

• EPA has a page devoted to the environmental hazards of refrigerator disposal and how to get rid of one safely.

• EnergyStar explains why it's good to recycle refrigerators, and also has a video showing the recycling process.

• Pacific Gas and Electric offers up to a $35 rebate to customers who recycle fridges, freezers, and AC units.

JACO facilitates appliance recycling throughout the West but does not seem to offer services in the Northeast corridor.

• If you live in New York City, city officials will recycle your fridge for you, even ensuring safe recovery of CFCs.

• Last fall, the Department of Energy encouraged recycling with an exhibit of old refrigerators made into art.
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Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him "a dean among food writers in America." More

Corby Kummer's work in The Atlantic has established him as one of the most widely read, authoritative, and creative food writers in the United States. The San Francisco Examiner pronounced him "a dean among food writers in America." Julia Child once said, "I think he's a very good food writer. He really does his homework. As a reporter and a writer he takes his work very seriously." Kummer's 1990 Atlantic series about coffee was heralded by foodies and the general public alike. The response to his recommendations about coffees and coffee-makers was typical--suppliers scrambled to meet the demand. As Giorgio Deluca, co-founder of New York's epicurean grocery Dean & Deluca, says: "I can tell when Corby's pieces hit; the phone doesn't stop ringing." His book, The Joy of Coffee, based on his Atlantic series, was heralded by The New York Times as "the most definitive and engagingly written book on the subject to date." In nominating his work for a National Magazine Award (for which he became a finalist), the editors wrote: "Kummer treats food as if its preparation were something of a life sport: an activity to be pursued regularly and healthfully by knowledgeable people who demand quality." Kummer's book The Pleasures of Slow Food celebrates local artisans who raise and prepare the foods of their regions with the love and expertise that come only with generations of practice. Kummer was restaurant critic of New York Magazine in 1995 and 1996 and since 1997 has served as restaurant critic for Boston Magazine. He is also a frequent food commentator on television and radio. He was educated at Yale, immediately after which he came to The Atlantic. He is the recipient of five James Beard Journalism Awards, including the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.
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