i take my ice cream social

Americans need to stop multitasking while eating alone, argues French sociologist Claude Fischler

You're not alone in eating alone -- at least in America. It's what most of us do: in front of computers and TVs, or in cars. But as the preëminent French food sociologist Claude Fischler explained, we represent one extreme end of the social-eating spectrum, and the French another -- and in getting there, we've also strayed quite far from the ways that humans have consumed food for thousands of years.

The dinner takes it all

Bring back the family dinner, says Laurie David

In her new book, Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David explains why gathering together around a table to eat is important and shares great recipes.

Hoochie mama

Making apple cider without a press [VIDEO]

You don't need much to make hard cider -- just a lot of apples, elbow grease, and patience. Daniel Klein shows you how in this instructional video.

The Everyday Ethicurean

Savoring the last of summer with a 'Rustic Tomato and Chard Tart'

Like my colleague Tom Philpott, I believe that cooking "from scratch" doesn't have to be either intimidating or onerous. Tom is a much better cook than I am, but I won't let that stop me from sharing some of the simple meals I make from local, seasonal ingredients.

Choice nuggets

Snotty locavores, agrarian urbanists, vegivores, and more

This week's tasty links from around the Web include pieces on the tendency to self-righteousness among hardcore locavores and the role of green space in high-density cities.

Against regulations

What the FDA doesn’t want you to know about GE salmon

The Center for Food Safety has found evidence the FDA is excluding the government's own marine scientists from the GE salmon approval process.

Eat and greet

Please welcome the adventurous locavore of 'The Perennial Plate' [VIDEO]

Long winters, ice fishing, slaughterhouses, urban gardens, and foraging for wild edibles all are ingredients for Daniel Klein's video feasts, which are set to a seriously awesome raucous soundtrack.

Slicker shock

Urban agriculture in West Oakland gets a $4 million boost

City Slicker Farms gets $4 million from the state to buy land for an "urban farm park" that will not only grow food for residents, but provide a safe place to play and hang out.

Food Fight

Will the Food Safety Modernization Act better protect us from contaminated food?

Our invited panel of experts -- and two scrappy Grist readers -- debate whether the bill now before the Senate will decrease large-scale food-borne illness outbreaks of the type we've recently seen in eggs and peanut butter.

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