Some real heavy hitters here.
Michael Pollan has done a great job over the last few years enlightening us about how the American food industry and infrastructure works, how food gets from seed to plate. But the American agricultural industry is just one player in a very complex global system. This month, Foreign Policy has produced an insightful and a bit alarming look at the geopolitics of food. It’s a lot to digest, but anyone who owns a fork needs to bookmark it and make the time to read it.
Sports drinks and energy drinks: If you’ve ever been inside your child’s school, odds are you’ve seen a Gatorade vending machine. Somewhere along the way, we became convinced that sports drinks were healthier than sodas. Which might be like saying a cigarette is healthier than a cigar. The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a paper warning about the dangers of excessive consumption of sports drinks and energy drinks.
Hate onions? Try leeks. Tara Parker-Pope in The Well.
The End of Candy: How Health Food Threatens Our Sweets, in The Atlantic Monthly. Money quote: “There is only so much you can do to candy to make it “healthy” before it doesn’t really work as candy any more.”
Men in the Kitchen: Review of John Donohue’s new book Man with a Pan, a collection of essays by fathers about cooking for their family.
Fair-trade spices: Spices are starting to catch up with coffee, tea, and chocolate in the eco-friendliness category.
Cheers and happy reading.