Alice's Butcher Knife
John W. Cox made certain that I would have no trouble imagining what Alice Walter and her restaurant look like but because the profile is so descriptive, Cox ensured I also would have no trouble picturing Alice with a gleaming red butcher's knife standing over a pile of severed baby duck heads. Walker's intentions are in the right place but my goodness leave out the description of the baby ducks! Small animals often steal the show and this is no exception.
"Fresh fruits, vegetables and meats organically cultivated by local growers" would have been a more suitable way to describe the ducks. By not mentioning the type of meat a reader tends to get the picture of "organic food" without the gruesome afterthought.
I am not much of a meat eater so I did have a negative reaction to this profile because of the one line. However, the profile does deserve recognition for its detail and good quotations.