August 17, 2019

Food

"It’s been a tortuous path for the humble egg. For much of our history, it was a staple of the American breakfast — as in, bacon and eggs. Then, starting in the late 1970s and early 1980s, it began to be disparaged as a dangerous source of artery..."

"The keto moment: The extreme diet phenomenon may offer clues on how nutrition can treat disease. Keto is a Silicon Valley life-hacking fixation (see author Tim Ferriss’s keto videos), a Hollywood trend (see Kourtney Kardashian’s and Halle..."

"All Ethiopians eat injera, a spongy flat bread made from teff, an ancient (gluten-free) grain. For celebratory occasions like the Sabbath, Ethiopian Jews eat a more special wheat bread called defo dabo, often studded with nigella seeds, as their..."

"Online review sites can tell you a lot about a city’s restaurant scene, and they can reveal a lot about the city itself, too. Researchers at MIT recently found that information about restaurants gathered from popular review sites can be used to..."

"They say millennials have plants instead of kids, but some take to sourdough baking too. It’s like gardening in that it takes forever and produces something you could have bought in a supermarket for pocket change, whose quality has been..."

"Back in the ’70s, my mother had a humor/lifestyle column in the Montreal Gazette. The family was often her subject, as a result, much of my youth was repeated on the page. My favorite column was when she took on my high school principal who had..."

"Magali Trejo-Martinez, a 22-year-old living in Salem, Oregon, recently went on a date that was rather uninspiring. “I had dinner, had a couple margaritas, and then went home,” is how she recapped the evening. This outcome wasn’t entirely..."

"I have never tried psychedelic drugs, but I imagine the experience is a lot like drinking a Starbucks Frappuccino. Strange sensations, unnatural colors, increased heart rate, heightened emotions, paranoia: It’s all there in that plastic cup..."

"When we fret about the deterioration of the American diet, we tend to focus on the excessive amounts of sugar, salt, and calories we’re now eating. What we don’t talk about: an important ingredient that’s gone missing as we’ve been filling our..."

"The run happened — or didn’t — maybe five days into the raw-diet experiment. I had formed a sort of fitness pact with a friend to forgo cooked food, and after days of nothing but salads, almonds, sashimi and black coffee, my body felt taut and..."

"Responses to the now viral clip were swift and damning. Texas governor Greg Abbott called the licker a “despicable criminal,” demanding such behavior to be “rightfully punished.” Lufkin’s director of public safety called it a “major crime.”..."

"Jon McIntyre, a biochemist who has worked in the food industry for 26 years, can tell you exactly what makes a hamburger so good. “That first bite, where your teeth sink through the meat — there’s texture to it, and flavor,” he says. “If it’s a..."

"When Chef Gordon Ramsay hosted a preview for his Asian-inspired London restaurant Lucky Cat in April, he called the evening “warm, buzzing & brilliant.” But Angela Hui, a British food writer, felt otherwise. In her article on food website Eater..."

"Increased scrutiny of Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods’ meat alternatives poses a big question for all companies offering substitutes to edible animal flesh. How do they truthfully and thoughtfully communicate what they are making—highly..."

"...what did the two eat? The embassy attempted to black out their plates in the post, but the amateurish edit didn't succeed in covering up their non-kosher lobster meal. In April, Shelley defended the Brazilian president after the latter said..."

"I was walking through a train station reading Bret Stephens’ latest column when I spotted a very famous celebrity whose work I admire. He greeted me with condolences: “Sorry to hear about the mayonnaise.” Had my experience already become part..."

"Although she is very special to me, Midge, my three-year-old rescue Chihuahua, is not all that special in general. She’s the average weight for her size. She has no known medical problems, besides anxiety, which is probably rational given that she’"

"MAYONNAISE IS THE internet’s favorite condiment villain. The egg, oil, and vinegar emulsion is a symbol not only for blandness, but for whiteness and all its attendant cultural appropriation and entitlement. It symbolizes the whitewashing of..."

"As American pride reportedly sinks to an all-time low, the President of the United States orders tanks into the National Mall for a $2.5 million Independence Day celebration, and activists prepare to protest the administration’s handling of a..."

"A beautiful new coffee table book is dedicated to the holiest of Israel’s street foods. On the Hummus Route was created by prominent figures in the world of culture, cuisine, and science, in a first-of-its-kind collaboration led out of Paris..."

"The rise of the vegetarian and, more recently, the vegan diet is generally perceived to be a new phenomenon. So, too, is their association with contemporary progressive ideas, politics and lifestyles. But plant-based diets have deep historical..."

"The Beef Industry Council introduced its sole lasting legacy to the cultural imagination 27 years ago, in 1992. I have no recollection of watching the actual commercial on TV, but for my entire life and even to this day, my dad repeats it every..."

"Meat is dead. Carnivores are going the way of cigarette smokers and, by 2050, there’s a good chance that it will be socially unacceptable to eat meat. In the same way that we’re now horrified people used to smoke in offices and airplanes, we’ll..."

"In Japanese culture, kintsugi is the labor-intensive method of repairing broken pottery by reattaching pieces using a lacquer mixed with gold. The reconstructed item, glistening with golden “seams,” is in many ways more beautiful than it was..."

"The U.S. is riven by politics and race and religion and foreign policy and the economy. But one constant unites nearly all warring demographics: fast food, America’s highly imperfect, deep-fried North Star. Sociologists refer to gathering spots..."

"Amanda Little’s new book “The Fate of Food: How We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World,” picks up a thread that her first book, "Power Trip: The Story of America's Love Affair With Energy," began. Feeling virtuous in front of her organic..."

"Being a member of a CSA (community supported agriculture) program means answering a lot of questions, both from friends and passers-by who are curious when they see groups of people organizing vegetables in a public setting that is not a market...."

"Shoestring, waffle, curly, or thick-cut: However you slice it, nearly everyone loves a deep-fried, golden-brown piece of potato. But that’s where the agreement ends and the battles begin. While Americans call their fries “french,” Belgians..."

"In the United States, the public panic about the dangers of genetically modified foods is fading fast. This is an amazing—and rare—triumph of reason and science over public hysteria and political posturing. On Monday, for example, the New York..."

"Family farms are central to our nation’s identity. Most Americans, even those who have never been on a farm, have strong feelings about the idea of family farms — so much that they’re the one thing that all U.S. politicians agree on. Each..."

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