Any conversation about American food culture eventually comes around to a familiar set of topics: the decline of the "family dinner", the pervasiveness of fast food, and ways to make cooking more convenient.
The failure of federal efforts to feed the poor cannot be divorced from our nation's agricultural policy, the congressional committees that dictate that policy, and the Department of Ag that implements it.
I didn’t read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food until last month.
That’s the question Barry Estabrook uses as a jumping off point for his new book, Tomatoland.
The CAFO Reader has been a long (clearly, I started over four months ago!) and challenging read.
What image comes into your head when you hear the phrase ‘technological takeover’?
I attended a panel discussion several weeks ago at NYU that corresponded perfectly with the section I just finished in The CAFO Reader--in fact, the timing of the panel felt almost like I had planned it.
I found Part 4 of The CAFO Reader to be dense and slightly repetitive.
Each summer in elementary school, my brother and I would participate in the summer library program.
“Once plants and animals were raised together on the same farm.
Fittingly enough, Part 1 of The CAFO Reader starts from the true beginning of the development of industrial meat production.
Some people assign themselves enjoyable New Year’s resolutions along the lines of ‘See friends more’ or ‘Take time for me’.
Joan Gussow exhibits a multitude of consistent character traits that I can only one day humbly hope to possess.
My mother loves to clip out articles from newspapers and magazines and send them my way.
Bottomfeeder was as well-researched as an advanced college textbook…though most college textbook authors don’t travel around the world for over a year, meeting fish farmers, touring factories and fish markets, and even eating potentially life-threatening foods like puffer fish.
Frankly, Bottomfeeder isn't an easy book to read.
For the past 7 months or so, I have been completely immersed in all things ‘food related’.