In Defense of Culturally Appropriating Food

Lena Dunham needs you to pay attention to her. Despite making headlines in February after the debut of season six of her HBO ratings-bomb Girls, and again making news after revealing her fascinating theory that violent crime in America is directly associated with the handguns present in the latest installment of the Jason Bourne franchise … Continued

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Home Cooked Meals Aren’t Killing Mother Earth

According to Food and Wine magazine, when I cook a big meal for my family, I’m not just offering nourishment and fostering important domestic traditions (and, according to studies on childhood obesity, improving my child’s chances of staying at a healthy weight), I’m “wasting money and destroying the environment.” That’s rather rich commentary coming from … Continued

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PC Food Warriors’ Latest Target? The Costco Egg Aisle

Recently while shopping at Costco (an often weekly trip for our growing and hungry family), I ducked into the dairy section to buy some eggs. My son has allergies to gluten, dairy, and soy, and thus, our egg consumption is astronomical since it is a safe form of protein for him to eat. Last week … Continued

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My Kids Don’t Eat Organic. Here’s Why

Last summer my family joined a CSA (short for Community Supported Agriculture). We buy a share of a farm’s output over the season, pay up front, and receive a box of fruits and vegetables every week throughout the spring, summer and early fall. Part of our share includes picking a certain amount of fruits and … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Facebook Food Porn

Spend just five minutes on social media and you’re bound to see at least three things: pictures of cats, articles on Donald Trump, and videos of food. The cat pictures have been there forever, the Trump rants for what feels like forever, but the food videos are relatively new. What we share on social media … Continued

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How the Government’s War on Fat Harms Kids

Maybe you’ve seen me in the dairy aisle at my local supermarket. I’m that crazy woman with two young kids in tow yelling at the yogurt selection. Whenever I go shopping I find myself hoping against hope that food companies have had a revelation of sorts regarding food science and seen the light. Alas, that … Continued

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The Food Police is Coming for your Girl Scout Cookies

Who doesn’t long for the days when you could eat a damned cookie without agonizing about its origin, its ingredient list, the condition of the workers who made it, and the plants and animals who gave their lives for it? “I just want to chew without so much guilt,” said one exhausted friend when I … Continued

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Elites’ Latest Mantra: “Let Them Eat Broccoli!”

There are an awful lot of excuses out there for why poor people have bad diets and why poor kids tend to be more obese than middle class and affluent kids. What’s rarely mentioned is bad parenting. Common excuses range from the dearth of grocery stores in urban areas (a myth—see here) and the prevalence … Continued

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The Food Network: Feeding the Celebrity Culture

Tune in to “The Food Network” or its hipper spinoff “The Cooking Channel” and you might think you’re watching Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, or E! The Entertainment Channel. That’s because today, entertainers—movie and television stars, supermodels, and pop singers—trump trained chefs on these popular cable networks. (Speaking of Trump, how is it possible that he … Continued

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