Archive for January, 2014

This Is Why You’re Bad at Eating

This Is Why You’re Bad at Eating

If you’ve read the sentences, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” You’ve gotten a taste of Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. A New York Times #1 bestseller when it was published in 2008, it’s not exactly an unknown tome of food wisdom. Yet it somehow missed my list of books to read until a few weeks ago. I’ve read a lot of books in this genre but only a few have inspired me to […]

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January 31, 2014 at 9:00 amFeatures Reviews

Breakfasts Becoming Part of the School Day

Breakfasts Becoming Part of the School Day

We’ve long been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but millions of children in the US don’t have the option. When coming to school on time is already a challenge for several low-income students, it doesn’t help that breakfast is already cleared off the table. Striving to re-route the way that breakfast is served (typically before school and in the cafeteria), No Kid Hungry Share our Strength, and the Food […]

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January 31, 2014 at 2:00 amNews

California Presents: Citrus Salad with Strawberries and Pomegranate

California Presents: Citrus Salad with Strawberries and Pomegranate

California is capital when it comes to pomegranate production in the United States, supplying most of the country with this jewel-seeded fruit throughout the holiday season. Citrus, too, is at its peak in the cooler months, and the farmer’s market stands are bursting with oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons, lime, blood oranges, and even kumquats. This Citrus Salad with Strawberries and Pomegranates takes advantage of these complimentary flavors, providing an easy breakfast or side dish. If […]

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January 30, 2014 at 8:00 amSeasonal Recipes West

The Meat Atlas Predicts Rise in Chicken Consumption Worldwide

The Meat Atlas Predicts Rise in Chicken Consumption Worldwide

The Heinrich Boll Foundation released last week The Meat Atlas: Facts and figures about the animals we eat. Inside this free, downloadable PDF, you’ll find nearly 100 infographics that quantify and map the present and future of global meat production. With each graphic, writers ask, “how can normal consumers understand the global impact caused by their meat consumption?” The Meat Atlas reinforces what we know about meat – that few and increasingly large and globalized […]

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January 29, 2014 at 10:11 amNews

Ever Wondered How to Eat in Space?

Ever Wondered How to Eat in Space?

Chris Hadfield is easily the most famous astronaut of the moment. His social media and video posts from space gained an avid following and his recent book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth was a New York Times bestseller. The last time you looked up at the stars and wondered what it was like to be up there looking down, did you ponder the mystery that is eating in space? Most of us are familiar […]

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January 28, 2014 at 3:54 pmColumns Table Scraps

Food News Fast – January 27, 2014

Food News Fast – January 27, 2014

British comfort food marmite will no longer be sold in Canada. [BBC] Monsanto moves toward crossbreeding in the wake of GMO protests. [Wired] How do officers learn to solve crimes in rural communities? They go to farm crime school. [Modern Farmer] To get fish for the hungry, an innovative program puts types that would usually go to waste onto the table. [NPR] A new study shows that some of our exports cost more than they […]

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January 27, 2014 at 1:53 pmFood News Fast News

Food Science 101: Bread

(Credit: Nic McPhee)

In San Francisco’s hip Mission District, amid washed out punk venues and artsy gift shops, there’s a cafe that has redefined and revitalized the art of bread-baking. Tartine Bakery – the word is French for a “slice of bread” – uses a modern twist on classic technique to create a crisp, fragrant, ever-so-slightly-sour loaf. Time your visit to coincide with either the morning or late afternoon batches and you’ll be rewarded with a loaf that […]

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January 24, 2014 at 10:47 amFeatures

Interview with Cooking App Developer, Will Turnage

Interview with Cooking App Developer, Will Turnage

We’re familiar with the way that technology can help us shop for local food, keep track of calories, and identify harmful ingredients in processed foods, but how can people who work with food and people who innovate technology join forces to solve even bigger problems, like the sustainable distribution of meat, or help improve the availability of local produce? Food + Tech Connect is a media and research company that aims to make those links. Through […]

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January 23, 2014 at 11:43 amCulture

California Presents: Chipotle-Style Cilantro-Lime Rice

California Presents: Chipotle-Style Cilantro-Lime Rice

I have spent years trying to crack the code for perfect rice. For me, perfect rice is light and fluffy with individually separated grains – just like the rice you get at my favorite burrito spot, Chipotle. Whether you agree or disagree with Chipotle’s sustainable food marketing campaign, you cannot deny their amazing Cilantro-Lime Rice. The flavors are delicious but only half the issue. How do they make rice that is so separated and fluffy? Cilantro-Lime Rice […]

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January 22, 2014 at 11:06 amSeasonal Recipes West

Could McDonald’s be a Leader in Sustainability?

(Credit: Rupert Ganzer)

Last week McDonald’s announced that it would be frying sustainable burgers by 2016. If you’re as critical of McDonald’s and other fast food suppliers as I am, the news probably sounded more like a publicity move than a sincere promise. Looking deeper into the issue, however, it seems possible that McDonald’s is, in fact, making reasonable efforts to define measures of sustainability in a way that could actually create industry-wide improvements. Why beef? Well, for […]

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January 21, 2014 at 12:47 pmNews