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The ‘Eat This, Not That’ guy compares his book to Obama, offers crappy advice for families

Oh my stars. David Zinczenko has gone insane. A while ago, I reviewed Zinczenko's book "Eat This! Not That!" which is selling like hotcakes, even if it's not making our nation any healthier. I was content to let it go at that. But friends? Zinczenko has gone batty. He may be the editor of Men's Health...

“Eat This! Not That!” presents the solution to the wrong problem

“Get yourself a copy of ‘Eat This, Not That,’" someone told me recently. “It’s flying off the bookstore shelves.” I did pick up a copy. And I’m confused. Written by David Zinczenko, the editor-in-chief of “Men’s Health” magazine, "Eat This, Not That” is highly accessible and fun to read. The premise is...

Eating SOLE in Portland, Maine: Fore Street, Gilbert’s Chowder House, and Hugo’s

Got a little time to explore the dining scene of Portland, Maine? Change your plans: you’ll actually need lots and lots of time to do it right. Word on the street is that the East Coast Portland is second only to San Francisco in restaurants per capita. We’re not talking Applebee’s, either. The city is...

I can read you like a cook: A review of “Kitchen Literacy”

As the local-food movement broadens and more people find pleasure in shopping at the local farmers markets and/or in growing their own produce, we find more folks 'fessing up to their lack of expertise. How do you know when a fruit or vegetable is ripe? What's the difference between various cuts of meat?...

Review: Carolyn Steel’s “Hungry City”

A review I wrote of "Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives," a new UK food-politics book by architecture professor Carolyn Steel, appeared in the Financial Times' weekend supplement yesterday. There's a lot in the last chapter of the book that bears discussing here, including vertical farms and how...

Postcard from Portland, ME: Even Andrew Zimmern knows that Rabelais is the place to be

Should you find yourself in Portland, Maine, on the first Friday of the month, you can participate in the monthly art-walk, a self-guided tour of local galleries, studios, museums, and other venues. There are plenty to choose from —62 venues in June ’08, to be exact. One of those venues might Rabelais. You...

Ode to podcasts: Down on the farm at 38,000 feet

I have an embarrassing confession: I am terrified of flying. I've tried everything I can think of to get over it (deep breathing, Dramamine, and even, yes, a self-help book called "Fly Without Fear"), yet I still end up locking the armrest in a death grip on every flight. It was after my last trip, when the...

A capital creamery: DC’s Dolcezza spins local flavors into artisanal gelato

Please welcome guest contributor and frequent Ethicurean commenter Emily Horton. Emily writes about food, culture and sustainability issues in Washington, D.C., where she's lived since last September. Before that, she lived in Atlanta and Chapel Hill, N.C., where she lost her accent for the first time and...

No-go fish: A review of “Bottomfeeder” by Taras Grescoe

Taras Grescoe says he wrote "Bottomfeeder" (Bloomsbury USA, May 2008) for a somewhat selfish reason: he wanted to taste the world's great seafood dishes — like bouillabaisse in Marseilles, fish and chips in England, bluefin tuna sashimi in Tokyo — before they disappeared or were dramatically changed by our...

Marie Catrib’s: Finding love, and community, in the center of the G-Rap universe

The following is a guest post from Stephanie Pierce in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Stephanie writes, dreams, and plans at Fourth Sector Consulting, a for-benefit company that works only with mission-driven organizations. Her unofficial title is Practical Wonderer. Stephanie is a graduate of Albion College,...

An “Unsettling” look at industrial agriculture

The flaws of industrial agriculture and the current backlash against it came into sharp focus a couple of weeks ago, following the death of former Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz, well-known for his exhortations to farmers to "Get big or get out" and to plant from "fence row to fence row." Between the...

Digest – Features: Azuluna veal, ethical meat in the UK, Minnesota experiment

Can veal be humanely raised?: Interesting Q&A (despite the dumb title) on rebuilding local meat infrastructure with Dr. George Saperstein of the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. He's created a rancher network under the name Azuluna Brands, for raising bull calves for veal that...

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