It’s hard to know what this episode is really about. Government bullying private enterprise? An evil conspiracy to crush a competitor? Confused consumers unable to read a label? All of the above? In a nutshell, on 12 August 2015 the US Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Josh Tetrick, CEO of Hampton Creek Foods, informing him that … Read More
Megan Kimble — that’s her on the left — is a young journalist in Tucson, Arizona. Back in 2012, she set out to stick it to the processed food man, by eating only unprocessed food for a year. Her book Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food tells the whole story. It’s odd that two books that have at … Read More
Have you ever stopped to wonder what drives the incessant innovation in processed food? Who thought that an energy bar would be a good thing to exist? What was the logic that drove the development of the cheese-flavoured powder that coats so many snacks? Even instant coffee; why was that needed? The answer to all these questions, and many more, … Read More
The O-Pipin-Na-Piwin Cree Nation have suffered generations of maltreatment at the hands of various official entities. Moved from their homelands further south, they now occupy small scattered settlements in northern Manitoba, where summers are short and the land infertile. Having adapted to some extent to their new circumstances, large dams, built to supply energy to the rest of the province … Read More
The heat here in Rome has been something the past couple of weeks. Not up to 2003 of blessed memory, but hot nevertheless. The last thing I needed was for the fridge to start playing up, but it did, making horrible noises. Ignoring the disaster foretold, I defrosted the darn thing, which not only solved the problem (temporarily) but also … Read More
I bought a sandwich that proclaimed it was made of “artisan baked bread”. The bread was brown pap which, to be honest, I could see from the start. So, I wrote an obituary for artisan.
Seedlessness explained, beer economised, beef priced, normcore food. Just another despatch from the food front lines.Continue reading
Lyrical fermented foods in China, matter-of-fact fermented foods in Japan and “I can’t believe it’s not mayo or that it doesn’t contain eggs!”.Continue reading
With good grace. Dublin chef Oliver Dunne explains why, come 17 September, he won’t be too upset to lose the Michelin star he worked so hard to win.