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Digest: Mackey chat, bye-bye bread basket, sweetener lowdown

Post-Gazette: A reprint of yesterday's Wall Street Journal interview with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, in which he explains why he cut his own salary to $1, why sales are slowing, and how Whole Foods is lowering prices to compete with Wal-Mart and other entrants into the organic foods marketplace. BBC News:...

A time to give thanks: Thanksgiving weekend at Sineann

Several years ago, I worked for a local natural food chain store in Portland, Oregon as a wine, beer, and cheese monger. One of my regular customers at the time was a man named Peter. Peter came in on a regular basis, bringing his absolutely adorable daughter with him. We would talk about food and wine, he...

Digest: Cane and able drinkmakers, Mason on ethical eating, pro-raw-milk politician

Seattle P-I: Seattle-based Jones Soda — maker of root beer, cream soda and quirky drinks with flavors such as turkey and gravy — is switching from high-fructose corn syrup to pure cane sugar. Sweet! And in related news, the New York Times has an article about how several entrepreneurs are developing...

Brews blues in the Emerald City

Visitors to the Emerald City who read the Seattle P-I's Getaways section must think that Seattle hates itself more than an angst-ridden teenager. Once or twice a month, the section reminds Seattle residents that everything is better in Portland. The Rose City does feature a superior brewpub scene, a...

Digest: SOLE salvation, Cooper on Nightline, Canook canards, organic hooch-y mamas

Grist: Tom Philpott and a friend try to cook a SOLE food dinner for $30 to prove that good food doesn't have to be elitist — and mostly fail. Instead, he outlines what sort of societal policies and changes would make doing so a lot easier. ABC News: A look at the challenges faced by Berkeley School...

Digest: Where the wild things aren’t, Terra firma plans, slo-growing

Diner's Journal/NYT blog: Ever take a walk on the wild side in restaurants? Dairy Queen likes to — which is why she's shocked and embarrassed to learn from NY Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni that by law, the "wild" game served in U.S. restaurants is not exactly Bambi and Thumper, but more Old MacDonald....

Digest: Beef basics, ethanol dilemma, red-wine cure, grape gripes

Slate: What makes a steak taste good? In this well-done primer on beef — a must-read article for meat lovers — Mark Schatzker delivers an overview of the effects of marbling (how the USDA determines the grade), breed, feed, hormones, and aging. And then he conducts a taste test with USDA Prime...

Apple date or how to drink from trees

Last Sunday I made my first-ever batch of homemade apple juice. Earlier in the week, Lady Persimmons, my friend and next-door neighbor, and I decided that Sunday night would be our apple date. I agreed to pick the apples beforehand from the two apple trees in our backyard, and Lady P would provide the...

Locality and beer

One of the things that the Butter Bitch and I enjoy doing on vacation is to explore local beer scene. This is a common pastime for visitors to Europe, which has a thriving beer culture, but is even more exciting in the United States. Prior to Prohibition (1920-33), the United States had a thriving brewing...

Wild wine from Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze Farm, on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, is a hive of activity that produces an impressive array of products, including cheese, cow milk, chicken eggs, chickens, duck eggs, lamb, and wine. We visited the farm as part of King County's Harvest Celebration Tour. I wouldn't be surprised if Sea Breeze...

Digest: Farmers on E. coli, major hop fire, addictive overeating, fish farms

Cheese by Hand: Michael at Cheese by Hand follows up on Nina Planck's Times op-ed on E. coli with a letter from Andy Kehler of Jasper Hill Farm. Kehler contends that corn subsidies, cheap corn, and the demand that milk and beef be cheap all have contributed to acidified cow stomachs which, in turn, have led...

Baltimore brews

Updated with photos! Our long residence on the West Coast gave us the impression that there is no decent beer east of the Rockies until you cross the Canadian border or reach Europe. This bias could have been argued until the mid-1990s. I remember business trips to the East Coast where the only alternatives...

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