Has the College Cafeteria Become Another Campus ‘Safe Space?’

Last Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal ran a story entitled, “College Activists March on the Cafeteria: What Do We Want? Hydroponic Cilantro!” With a headline like that, one could be forgiven for thinking college activists are actually marching on cafeterias demanding hydroponic cilantro. Don’t worry—they’re not. They are, however, continuing to push colleges across the … Continued

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Don’t Take Nutrition Advice from Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus

Working at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s market in the summer of 2016, I responded to the same questions each day from financially-liquid urbanites who knew they only wanted food that would not kill them. “Why do your carrots have dirt on them?” “Do you wash your greens?” “This stuff is all-natural isn’t it?” But the … Continued

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Everything’s Political—Even Your Food Choices

Last month, National Geographic declared, with the help of an exploitive picture of a pink-clad transgender child, that America is in the midst of a gender revolution. Everything, it seems, is now being looked at through the lens of gender, including our choices about what to eat. According to a recent article in the Washington … Continued

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Salad: The Silent Killer?

That’s it, folks. There’s nothing left to eat. With news this week that salad may be hazardous to your health, it’s clear we all need to stop eating altogether. Let’s face it, food is a killer. Americans have been hearing just that for decades, and yet life expectancy continues to rise while cancer rates go … Continued

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Western Feminists Discover New Tool of the Patriarchy: Salad!

Violence against women is spiking around the world. According to the BBC, last week, Taliban militants in the northwestern Badghis province of Afghanistan shot and killed a twenty-five-year-old woman who divorced her husband and then remarried. That same week, according to multiple news reports, a thirty-year-old woman was beheaded in a remote village in the … Continued

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USDA Demands Holiday Snacks (and Parents) Be Removed From Schools

Starting next year, bringing a dozen homemade cupcakes to your child’s classroom to celebrate his or her birthday will be tantamount to lighting up a cigarette on the blacktop. Candy canes and gingerbread men people will be verboten during the school’s Christmas party winter celebration. And this Spring, don’t expect any candy in the classroom; … Continued

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Kids Don’t Like Veggies. So What?

As a toddler, my oldest child was an infuriatingly picky eater. Although I envied his carb-heavy diet of bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta, I worried that he wasn’t eating nutritiously. Each time I took him to the pediatrician, I braced for the diagnosis: scurvy or rickets or some other nearly obsolete condition last seen in … Continued

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‘Chef’s Table’ and the Virtues of Limits

“When he considers a turnip, it’s like he’s falling in love.” That passion for turnips sets Chef Alain Passard apart from his peers in the world of haute cuisine. Fine French cooking revolves around meat, and the produce-forward menu at Passard’s Arpège in Paris seems to be its own storming of the Bastille. The first … Continued

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How Government Bureaucrats Ruined American Food Culture

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are,” the great French gastronome and essayist Anthelme Brillat-Savarin famously declared. The history of cuisine—what people eat and why—provides a mirror into the manners, beliefs, and aspirations of particular societies. It is in this spirit that food scholars Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe … Continued

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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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