The stunningly cold weather in the Midwest and the Northeast has gotten plenty of press this winter. But the longer-term news story is the severe drought affecting the western half of the country.
It’s especially brutal in California — which, given that state’s diverse and intensive farming economy, is bad news not just for eaters in the U.S. but worldwide. Since California farmers rely on irrigation, farmers are currently postponing or canceling their early-spring crops. And ranchers are selling off their cattle, since the state’s grasslands have already gone brown.
Whole milk, at least, has more healthy fats than nonfat dairy.
America vs. the rest of the world.
Russ Parsons and Deep Sea News are annoyed.
Nobody knows the end of the GMO story yet.
You might remember The Star Wars Cookbook, a gag gift from 1998 that featured hilarious dioramas of vintage “Star Wars” action figures arranged in landscapes of, say, cinnamon rolls (with Princess Leia and her matching hairstyle, natch).
Now National Public Radio has discovered a similar art project out of Paris, in which two photographers (Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida) arrange tiny figurines within a world of gigantic food. There are firefighters dousing a fire of hot chile peppers, polar bears waterskiing between marshmallow icebergs, and an earnest team of construction workers plumping dried raisins back into lush grapes.
Bonus: a video titled “The Ballad of Minimiam in the Land of Milk.”
Food writers discuss which trends they dismiss.
But not many benefits in supplements.
Addiction, science, GMOs, and health.
How local is your local market?
Plenty of folks like to spend Christmas Eve giving back instead of shopping. They volunteer at soup kitchens or homeless shelters or food banks. If you’re among this crowd, here’s a quick list of 10 things food banks really want. Hint: It’s not another bag full of canned beans.
Rather, it’s things like spices and chocolate — items that really help in the kitchen, but which you might not think to donate. And, of course, it’s non-food items, such as diapers, feminine products, and socks.
Nothing like a warm pair of socks for spreading some holiday cheer.
Or will we succumb to the superbugs?
Federal plans to hasten processing and halt inspections at chicken and pork plants.
And more animals are being raised without antibiotics.
Ag-gag laws make things tough for journalists and activists.
A father’s legacy
The vegetarian-cooking pioneer
Barbecue, tamales, cocktails, and more
Good on everything