April 23, 2019


"When it comes to Passover cuisine, most home cooks know to avoid wheat, oats, rye, and other forbidden ingredients. But what consumers might not realize is just how much cotton they eat during the holiday."

"We were wrong about the orange. For almost 20 years, my family put large navel oranges on our seder plate without knowing the full meaning of the tradition—without knowing there was anything else to know."

"Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food."

"Gluten-free diets may be popular with the Goop crowd, but wellness is more than a fad. The American sugar- and fat-filled diet, overuse of antibiotics and anti-bacterial everything could be leading to a kind of gastrointestinal crisis."

"Restaurants went mainstream in the 19th century, but the boom in places to dine out brought unexpected perils – menu anxiety, excessive table talk and ‘strange ladies’ among them."

"If you asked kids what they imagine people eat in heaven, ice cream would probably be one of the most popular answers. As they get older, they might stop believing in heaven, but not in ice cream..."

"Kitniyot is the designated hitter of Jewish life: a rule change accepted by the Sephardic League and rejected by the Ashkenazi League. The result among Ashkenazim is a paralyzing case of kitniyot envy."

"Decades ago, the foodie scene left a lot to be desired—until, in the 1970s, an elegant new chain of restaurants appeared, luring Israelis with a dining experience like no other in the country."

"Their flavors are, for the most part, the main draw of the success of such beverages, which means that, ironically, the future of the beer industry may depend on who can sell the least beery beer."

"Braised brisket is warming, cozy, rich and hearty, a perfect wintry meal to serve when temperatures plunge and snow piles up. But what about in the spring, during Passover?"

"Encountering chocolate of this quality in Israel is, well, a little strange. “It’s not something very natural, to do chocolate in Tel Aviv,” Israeli food writer and television host Hila Alpert later told me."

"Changes in habit often lag behind changes in attitude, and national survey data on drinking habits reflect only small declines in heavy alcohol use."

"Plant-based meat just went mainstream. Starting April 1, Burger King is selling a new kind of Whopper that it claims is identical in taste to its traditional beef patty, with just one difference: It contains zero beef."

"...for all the perfunctory tools in my kitchen, there are significantly more attractive alternatives on the market. This trend has been on the rise for a few years...

"“Variety doesn’t really matter to me. I would be perfectly happy to eat the same Caesar salad or peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich every day.”"

"In the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, companies big and small are steering travelers to out-of-the-way eating experiences, while trying not to trample on food traditions."

"AUTEC, a Japan-based company designed models that can churn out sushi at the touch of a button. They can produce up to 2400 nigiri rice balls and 200 sushi rolls per hour..."

"Arugulagate. In 2007, Barack Obama was in Iowa, speaking as a presidential hopeful to a group of farmers who were worried about the stagnation of their crop prices while America’s grocery bills continued to rise."

"Only a fraction of the world’s yeast species have been discovered. The ones still out there could revolutionize health care, green energy, and beer."

"In the past, it has often been assumed that the readers of food criticism have been white and upper middle-class or wealthy. And that’s exactly the assumption that this new wave of food critics wants to fight against. Everyone eats."

"Tablet's Unorthodox Podcast: Gail Simmons, Shalom Auslander, Jill Kargman, Gil Hovav, and more on the Jewish foods that mean the most to them."

"The foodie—as a word, a concept, a person—began life in the early 1980s. New York writer Gael Greene first used the term in a restaurant review, but it was Ann Barr and Paul Levy of England’s Harper’s and Queen who popularized it."

"Have you ever eaten wasabi? If you answered “yes” to that question, you are likely mistaken. Most sushi eaters—even in Japan—are actually being served a mixture of ground horseradish and green food coloring..."

"The best burger place Is a lab... Growing meat cell by cell is better for your wallet and the world." Click to learn more in the latest "Think Like a Scientist" video from Nautilus.

"If the idea of feasting on grasshopper guacamole turns your stomach, you’re not alone. Still, new research suggests some Americans are more likely to embrace entomophagy, or the practice of eating insects, than others..."

"Depending on what forums you explore, biohacking can include anything from procuring “raw water” to hanging upside down so that you can “hack your brain” by increasing blood flow..."

"What better way to plow through existential angst than with a cold, crunchy bowl of breakfast cereal? A perfect snack day or night, cereal has played an oversized role in my life above almost any other food item."

"Hamantaschen, as essential to Purim as matzo is to Passover, are typically sweet, the triangular cookies filled with a jam that’s often made from poppy seeds."

"...over the past several years, there's been a creeping wine-ification in every realm of gourmet endeavor. Now in our era of hypercredentialism, there's almost no sphere of connoisseurship without a knowledgeable, certified taste expert..."

"oday, the East Village’s Moishe’s Bake Shop suddenly closed... Institutions matter and you can’t disregard the value of a place that’s been around long enough to serve a few generations."

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"When it comes to Passover cuisine, most home cooks know to avoid wheat, oats, rye, and other forbidden ingredients. But what consumers might not realize is just how much cotton they eat during the holiday."

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