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Four Reasons To Sign Up For Blue Apron Today — Especially At Over 50% Off

You keep telling yourself the same thing every evening after sluggishly rolling home following another eight-hour day on the grind. As you hoist another slice of warmed over pizza or a forkful of lukewarm brown… something to your lips, you think, “I can’t keep eating frozen dinners every night.” Beyond being deeply soul-crushing, frozen “bang-em-out” […]

August 21, 2017

Egg Company Execs Jailed Over Salmonella Outbreak

The pair previously had been sentenced to three months each in jail for their role in a salmonella poisoning outbreak in 2010. The culprits admitted to knowingly shipping eggs with false processing and expiration dates to fool state regulators and retail customers about their age, and to bribing a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspector at least twice to approve sales of poor-quality eggs.

July 8, 2017

Fast Food Lobbyists Fight State And City Regulation

When the city council of Santa Fe, New Mexico, placed a measure on the local ballot to tax sugary drinks earlier this year, the soda industry responded quickly, pouring $1.3 million into the anti-tax campaign. To cover their bases, industry lobbyists also pursued a back-up plan: they backed a bill in the state legislature to strip local governments of the power to levy such taxes.

June 26, 2017

What’s The Best Way For Ordinary Citizens To Combat Climate Change?

Adjacent to my organization’s headquarters on the Elizabeth River in Norfolk, Virginia, is a picturesque neighborhood called The Hague. Two decades ago, The Hague would flood only during severe storms. Now, it routinely floods during high tides.

June 12, 2017

Donald Trump To Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead

The budget sent to Congress Tuesday for fiscal year 2018 puts the country’s schizophrenia over feeding hungry citizens back on the agenda — this time in the guise of defunding food programs for seniors, millions of whom are homebound, ill and unable to cook or shop.

May 30, 2017
Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Trump’s Expected Pick For Top USDA Scientist Is Not A Scientist

Clovis advised Trump on agricultural issues during his presidential campaign and is currently the senior White House advisor within the USDA, a position described by The Washington Post as “Trump’s eyes and ears” at the agency.

May 13, 2017

Let Blue Apron Handle Dinner Duty For Three Nights — For Just $25

Planning meals for a family — or even a couple — isn’t always as simple as it sounds. You’ve got to come up with a meal idea, find a recipe, pick up ingredients — then you’ve got to do it all over again the next night. Blue Apron wants to take the stress of worrying […]

April 21, 2017
Thanksgiving

The Zen Of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a throwback to that misty past. It requires a Zen-like acceptance of the present and what is. Gratitude is the order of the day. This is a full-glass holiday. To be healthy, educated and living in America is to have one’s cup running over. For that, let us give thanks.

November 22, 2016
"The Best of Irish Country Cooking" is Nuala Cullen's fourth Irish cookbook. Credit: Copyright 2016 Courtesy of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.

Irish Cooking With Surprising International Accents

“The ‘new style’ of Irish cooking incorporates a lot of outside influences, such as Asian and Thai, as well as all sorts of ingredients from continental Europe.”

March 4, 2016
Abby Fisher's 1881 cookbook was long known as the first African-American cookbook until Malinda Russell’s book was discovered in 2001. Credit: Copyright 2016 Sylvia Wong Lewis

A Tribute To 2 Early African-American Women Cooks

Malinda Russell wrote “A Domestic Cook Book” in 1866. Abby Fisher wrote “What Mrs. Fisher Knows about Old Southern Cooking” in 1881.

February 27, 2016

Researchers With Opposing Views On Salt Intake Are Ignoring Each Other

While most studies have concluded that cutting salt would have benefits, about a third do not agree. And researchers on both sides of the issue tend not to take the other side’s findings into consideration.

February 26, 2016
Tracy Duve serves nachos at Tony's I-75 Restaurant in Birch Run

Cheapo Travel: Save Money On The Road By Eating Like A Local

Want to save money when you’re traveling? Eat like the locals, not like the tourists.

February 24, 2016
The antipasti station at an Autogrill in Italy. Credit: Copyright 2016 Terra Brockman

Italian Autogrill: Slow Food Done Fast — Along The Roadside

At about 500 locations across Italy, you can get gas, go to the bathroom and then, very likely, have a better dining experience than at most Italian restaurants in the United States.

February 19, 2016
Buttery Saffron Beans with chopped parsley. Credit: Copyright 2016 Clarissa Hyman

3 Cheers For The Nutritious Legume Family

As well as their nutritional importance in potentially tackling chronic health conditions such as obesity and diabetes, legumes also play a major role in agriculture through their nitrogen-fixing capability and water efficiency — improving soil quality and reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.

February 17, 2016
Helen Atwater has been called "an editor extraordinaire, a leader of leaders, and a model for the 21st century.”

The Nutritionist No One Talks About

The history of nutrition often heralds Wilbur Olin Atwater as the Father of American Nutrition, but he had a daughter, Helen Woodard Atwater, who made her own mark on the world of food, though few know her name.

February 13, 2016
Lamb and eggplant meatballs in tomato sauce for Valentine’s Day.

For Valentine’s Day, A Tender Tale Of Love And Meatballs

For some people, certain foods, whether pasta or potatoes, are imbued with symbolic meaning. The Umbrians, for example, link love and meatballs.

February 9, 2016
Vegetables are seen at a farmers market in Los Angeles, California, United States May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Save Money With Fish Heads And Potato Scraps

Stop wasting food.

February 3, 2016
Reach for the slow cooker for a warm winter dinner

Reach For The Slow Cooker For A Warm Winter Dinner

When important people who cook are asked what their indispensable kitchen tools are, the answers tend to be similar.

January 21, 2016

For Better Or Worse, It’s Mostly About Food When It Comes To Weight Loss

One of the misconceptions about active people, especially long-distance runners and cyclists, is that they don’t have to worry about how much they eat. They’ll stay slim and trim automatically.

January 15, 2016
spanish wine grapes

Spanish Wine That’s Inexpensive, Delicious

The region of Navarra in northern Spain is home to two cultural events whose reputations have risen beyond popular to mythical, each year attracting the rompish and pious in droves.

January 15, 2016

9 Cardinal Rules For Someone Learning To Cook

No one is really “born” a cook or a baker or a candymaker. Not even the world’s culinary stars. Trust me. I have scars and scorched pans to prove it.

January 9, 2016
white wines alcohol bottles

Resolution: Vow To Learn More About Wine In 2016

We’re not talking about spring break-drinking here or the kind of drinking one might have done while on tour with an arena rock band in the ’70s. We’re talking about thoughtful drinking, more about tasting than getting your buzz on.

January 2, 2016

Pair Cheeses With Beer, Whiskey Or Wine For Your Holiday Party

When alcohol and cheese meet, feel a chemistry and fall in love, it is a marriage made in heaven. And that’s what you want when you pair cheese with beer, whiskey or wine.

December 26, 2015

These Cookbooks Are Pretentious, But With A Purpose

Two cookbooks crossed my desk recently, and they were, individually and collectively, the most pretentious things I’ve ever seen. It is as if they were competing for some sort of international award for affectation, and they were both tied for first place with nothing else even remotely close.

December 12, 2015

What Exactly Makes Up A Healthy Diet?

While the scientists couldn’t come to a consensus on potatoes at the recent Oldways conference, they did — finally — provide clarity overall on what we’re supposed to eat as part of a healthful diet.

December 12, 2015