CAN A GREAT VINAIGRETTE SAVE A MARRIAGE?

CAN A GREAT VINAIGRETTE SAVE A MARRIAGE? (CarbWarsCookbooks.com)

Some food writers achieve success beyond recipes and cookbooks. MFK Fisher. (1908-1992) for example, earned a place among the great American authors (How To Cook a Wolf, The Art of Eating, Consider The Oyster…). Nora Ephron (1941-2012), is another (Silkwood, I Feel Bad About My Neck, When Sally Met Harry, Sleepless in Seattle, Julie and Julia…). Her semi-autobiographical novel, Heartburn (1986), is the painful-to-read, but hilarious account of the end of her second marriage; the story revolves around a stolen wedding ring and a recipe…

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IS A PLANT BASED DIET GOOD FOR US?

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  ROY WALFORD WHEN HE ENTERED THE BIODOME ON RIGHT; TWO YEARS LATER ON LEFT FROM SPRING CHICKEN, STAY YOUNG OR DIE TRYING, BY BILL GIFFORD For over 30 years, our government and health agencies have told us that the solution to obesity is to eat less, mostly plants, and move more. Anytime the subject of nutrition comes up, someone is sure to quote Michael Pollen’s meme, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” The message has spread around the world and most people have…

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WHAT DOES A 400 POUND GORILLA EAT?

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For more than a year, I have been on a panel of advisers to the Kraft Food Company through their Cultivar Community program. I get an e-mail once a week suggesting a topic for discussion or asking a food-related question. I can state an opinion or respond to the comments posted by others. The activities are fun and and they elicit some interesting feedback. A few weeks ago, the administers posed the discussion topic: “What current or recent word or trend annoys you most?” A member identified as…

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OF MICE AND MEN AND THE USDA

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Yesterday was a bad news day. It came from multiple sources, including this from AOL News: “USDA guidelines target ‘unhealthy lifestyle’… ‘the new guidelines call for a shift to a more plant-based diet…’ Good Morning America went into more detail as to what we can expect from the next food pyramid due out later this year. In order to combat obesity, which the show’s host called “the single greatest threat to health in this century,” (at least she got that right) they are recommending that…

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WHAT’S LEFT TO EAT?

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There was a story all over the news recently about a study reported in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association linking sugar to heart disease. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE63J66220100421 As usual, the wording messed up the message when lead researcher, Dr. Miriam Vos, said, “Just like eating a high-fat diet can increase your levels of triglycerides and high cholesterol, eating sugar can also affect those same lipids.” The study had nothing to do with fat or cholesterol, but they just can’t seem to…

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Still Here

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I’m still here, just working on a number of things that are taking longer than I expected. In the meantime, here are a few terrific articles that you can check out from other blogs: I loved Regina Wilshire’s post called “The Solar Powered Plate.” in which she explains why vegetarians actually use more of the Earth’s resources than meat eaters. http://weightoftheevidence.blogspot.com/search?q=solar Dr. McCleary’s Website has been given a make-over and he is posting more often. His site is a treasure trove of wisdom and science.…

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Lotus Root

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Raw Lotus Root © 2008, Judy Barnes Baker Lotus Root Chips © 2008, Judy Barnes Baker When I first started low-carb cooking, my son-in-law gave me a challenge. He said if I could find a good substitute for french fries, he would consider trying my diet. (He eventually did anyway.) I fried all sorts of things, animal and vegetable, with varying degrees of success. Several of the recipes in my first book, Carb Wars; Sugar is the New Fat, came from these experiments. One of the things I…

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And Bon Appétit to you too!

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One of the perks of belonging to the International Association of Culinary Professionals is that people give you things. I’ve had an expensive skillet, a top-of-the-line chef’s knife, magazines, and lots of other goodies show up, gratis. Bon Appétit, one magazine I often buy (don’t tell them), now materializes unbidden in my mailbox. Don’t let that stack of syrupy pancakes on the cover fool you; the February issue of Bon Appétit magazine got it mostly right. The cover says “The Green Issue / Feel Good…

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