Oliver twist

What’s that funny-talking TV chef doing in my West Virginia hometown?

It’s about 8:45 a.m. and I’m sitting in an audio booth, waiting to talk to Brit celebrity chef Jaime Oliver on the other end of a high-quality line. I’m his third, set-‘em-up-and-knock-‘em-down “interview” of the …

Tom's Kitchen

A fast-and-furious weeknight skillet dinner

In Tom’s Kitchen, Grist’s food editor discusses some of the quick-and-easy things he gets up to in, well, his kitchen. Forgive him for the lame iPhone photography. —————— Last night, I wanted something fast and …

Big money on small ag

Silicon Valley investors place bets on sustainable ag

I attended an agriculture conference this week at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto. There were no pickup trucks in the BMW-packed parking lot, and few farmers with dirt under their fingernails could be found …

Is this what change tastes like?

Blanche Lincoln’s dismal school lunch bill passes committee

What will 6 cents change in this picture?“‘No machines until you get your lunch!’ an aide yells, trying to keep students from the bank of vending machines at the back of the cafeteria ringing with …

food fight

HFCS study authors defend work against attacks

Photo: BoekeMarion Nestle, along with other nutritionists have joined the Corn Refiners Association in criticizing the recent Princeton study on High Fructose Corn Syrup. Indeed the very title of Nestle’s post on the subject — …

chewing the scenery

Witnessing the White House garden’s winter bounty

In “Chewing the Scenery,” we round up interesting food-related videos from around the Web. ————- The White House has released a new video documenting the drama of Snowmaggedon … and the White House garden: Despite …

Don't have a cow

Ask Umbra chews the fat with Moby

Whatever you do when you meet Moby (eventually, we all will), don’t tell him you enjoy his book. “That’s a strange word to use,” he said when I did the very thing I’m telling you …

Not-so-green acres

Why are we propping up corn production, again?

News flash: high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a lousy product. As Tom Laskawy reported here Tuesday, a recent study by Princeton researchers found that rats fed chow laced with HFCS gained more weight than rats …

Food, Inc Director says "It's not just about food, it's about our right to know" (VIDEO)

Robert Kenner’s documentary about the industrialization of food got a plug from Oprah, was nominated for “Best Documentary” in this year’s Academy Awards and has its PBS premier on April 21st. He came to the …

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