Archive for May, 2014

Food Fund Friday – African Americans in the Presidents’ Kitchens

Food Fund Friday – African Americans in the Presidents’ Kitchens

In one of the most exciting projects we’ve featured on Food Fund Friday, Adrian Miller aka. “The Soul Food Scholar” is raising money to create a documentary about the African-Americans who have worked in presidential kitchens. The President’s Kitchen Cabinet will be an hour-long feature looking at the history of the chefs (many of them head chefs) and their personal and professional relationships with presidents, the first families, and – of course – the foods […]

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May 30, 2014 at 10:10 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

What Your Fridge Says About You

What Your Fridge Says About You

Ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat?” For most of us, what we eat is also what ends up inside of our refrigerators. Many projects in the past have documented people based on what they’ve decided to stock up on at home. Now, the psuedo-scientific, comedy duo Rhett & Link have taken it a step farther with their short, “What Your Fridge Says About You.” -Tove K. Danovich

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May 29, 2014 at 8:36 amColumns Culture Table Scraps

In Defense of Food(iesm)

In Defense of Food(iesm)

“Foodie” might be one of the most overused, misrepresented terms of our times. The habitually maligned group is compared to Portlandia skits more often than they’re taken seriously, and across social media they’re almost universally disliked. A friend of mine recently observed on Facebook: “Foodie” is pretty much the most obnoxious word out there. What does it even mean? Everyone likes good food.” I consider myself a “foodie,” and spend so much of my waking […]

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May 28, 2014 at 9:24 amFeatures

Become a Food Master: How to Get Your Graduate Degree in Food

Become a Food Master: How to Get Your Graduate Degree in Food

So you have a college degree, but maybe your curiosity or your career won’t let you stop there. There are many ways to study food at the graduate level, depending on your skills and interests in this rapidly growing field. Any graduate degree can be a huge investment of time and money. But, whether it’s for a career change or advancement in your profession, it’s worth knowing what kind of food-related graduate degrees are out […]

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May 27, 2014 at 3:42 pmCulture

Food News Fast – May 26, 2014

Food News Fast – May 26, 2014

Portuguese organization Ugly Fruit is cutting down on food waste and showing that fruits aren’t all about appearances. [New York Times] The fascinating story of how SodaStream became a symbol for Palestinian struggle in the West Bank. [The Verge] Who is writing all of these authorless cookbooks and why are there more of them all the time? [Table Matters] Grocery store chain announces it will only carry dairy products from pasture-raised cows. [Huffington Post] Grocery stores […]

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May 26, 2014 at 9:02 amFood News Fast News

Can an Iowan Farmer Win the Bachelorette’s Heart?

Can an Iowan Farmer Win the Bachelorette’s Heart?

Until I heard that this season of The Bachelorette had an Iowan farmer on board, I’d never given the show a second thought. What’s more wonderfully anachronistic than a farmer from a small Midwestern town competing on reality TV for true love? Soules’ first reason for entering The Bachelorette is simply a lack of eligible ladies in his hometown – population 750 people. “It’s unlikely I’d meet someone to marry within a 15 mile radius of the farm,” […]

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May 23, 2014 at 12:09 pmCulture Table Scraps

Food Fund Friday – Promoting Local Farms with Sticker Scavenger Hunts

Food Fund Friday – Promoting Local Farms with Sticker Scavenger Hunts

Stick to Local Food is a project to promote farms in the Rondout Valley of New York State. Organized by Maria Reidelbach, it’s a group effort by twenty-one farms in the area. Using a scavenger hunt theme, school children in various local schools will be given a copy of a blank map with places for stickers signifying each farm they’ve visited in the area. The back of the map will provide space for local businesses […]

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May 23, 2014 at 10:45 amColumns Food Fund Fridays

7 Under-Publicized Food Documentaries You Need to See

7 Under-Publicized Food Documentaries You Need to See

Though there are plenty of food documentaries to be found on Netflix, some of the most interesting ones can be found elsewhere on the web – if you know where to look. Websites like Vimeo or even PBS can be great resources for full length and short documentary or educational films that will never show up on the big screen. You can also pay attention to film competitions like the Real Food Media Contest or […]

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May 22, 2014 at 11:14 amCulture Multimedia

California’s Decreasing Fog Could Be the End for Fruit and Nut Growers

California’s Decreasing Fog Could Be the End for Fruit and Nut Growers

If California agriculture weren’t already in enough trouble, a new study found that the winter fog the state is known for declined over the last three decades. While it may be a boon to drivers, fruit and nut trees need that fog to thrive. And we need California to have fog. The trees account for 95 percent of US production. Lead author Dennis Baldocchi and the other researchers used NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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May 21, 2014 at 8:32 amAgriculture News

Blame Bad In-Flight Food on Good In-Flight Entertainment

Blame Bad In-Flight Food on Good In-Flight Entertainment

There’s a reason why airplane food is so bad and it’s not because you paid for the cheapest flight. In a recent article in The Atlantic, writer Julie Beck follows the history of airline food from its beginnings in multi-course, gourmet meals to today’s peanuts or pretzels. One problem is today’s pressurized cabins and dry recycled air – both of which cut down on the perception of taste and food’s ability to stay delicious. Before 1952 […]

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May 20, 2014 at 9:19 amCulture