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‘Top Chef’ fails school-food test, but Colicchio passes with flying colors

In Episode 2 of this season's "Top Chef," the contestants took on school lunch: the 16 contestants divided into four teams, each of which had to cook a nutritionally acceptable lunch for 50 students with a budget of only $2.60 per meal and 30 minutes to plan, 30 minutes to shop, 2.5 hours to prep, and 1...

‘Top Chef’ should take up the ultimate challenge: school lunch

Season 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef will be based in Washington, D.C., reported the Metrocurean (no relation) a few days ago, with filming to begin in early April. That means that the popular reality show, with its supersized personalities and offbeat kitchen challenges, will be in Washington at the same time as...

What does asthma have to do with farm animals — or food?

When government officials hear the words "backyard livestock," they tend to worry about disease outbreaks and sanitation crises. And for good reason, as improperly managed animals — including dogs and cats — can be the source of all sorts of public health problems. When it comes to asthma, however, recent...

Michelle Obama, Sam Kass tell White House Kitchen Garden’s story

Groundbreaking video: The White House has released a 7-minute video of showing the progress of the first "really-productive, feeding-a-lot-of-people" garden (as White House chef Sam Kass puts it) on White House grounds since Eleanor Roosevelt's Victory Garden during World War II. While the word "organic" is...

Farmers, got extra or ugly fruits/veg?

"Maybe they don't know what a peach is": Information about California's Farm to Family program, encouraging California's growers and packers to  help reduce hunger, reduce waste, and increase markets for specialty crops by donating (or selling) their excess or cosmetically challenged produce to area...

Houston Press tells, shows where fajita beef comes from

Before hipsters discovered butchery class: Houston Press reporter Robb Walsh has a long but fascinating feature on his recent adventures in butchery, which "all started with a meat mystery — call it the case of the disappearing skirt." Walsh was developing fajita recipes for a grilling cookbook but found...

‘So we’re eating at Taco Bell and we’re cleaning the Earth!’

Extra Onion, please!: The Onion has the most satisfying send-up of fast-food greenwashing we've seen in a while. Love...

The lost art of butchery moves to YouTube

Cowpooling director: Very nice piece by friend o'Ethicurean Tamar Adler on meeting a Le Grand, CA, butcher who processes mostly beef and lamb for the people who raised them or their customers. Thankfully, Bill McCann has begun to preserve his dying skills on digital video for the Inertent age. (Civil...

Retrovore shows how to start plants from seeds

Not too long ago food-politics blogging pioneer Kerry Trueman — who used to write primarily at Eating Liberally (which she cofounded) but now blogs around like a shameless agtivist hussy (and I mean that in the most admiring way) — started a cool new resource site, Retrovore.com, with her equally awesome...

April Fool’s, now and then

You've probably guessed by now that Marc's post about bacon popcorn below is a spoof. It may have been too plausible a concept; last year's wildly improbable April Fool's Digest did actually snare a few people. Elsewhere on the foolish Web, Ethicurean frequent commenter and Vermont hog farmer Walter...

Marlow & Daughters butcher shop: “This meat is our reputation”

A recent Coolhunting.com video highlights Marlow & Daughters, an old-world style butcher in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. In it, bartender-turned-butcher Tom Mylan explains why the shop works only with whole animals, how he learned to cut meat, and Marlow & Daughters' laudable philosophy:...

The slaughter bottleneck in buying local meat

Last fall I wrote a piece for Mother Jones' sustainability issue, on how the lack of small-scale slaughter facilities hampers both local meat production and distribution. It was bumped from that issue, along with all the other food coverage, and finally appears in this month's March/April special package on...

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