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Is This the Future of Food Guides?

Posted June 13, 2011 | 13:44:47 (EST)

With the success of films like Food Inc., books such as Fast Food Nation, and shows like Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, people everywhere are starting to learn more about the food system. But what about the specific foods we eat? What if there was...

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Aspen, CO: The Nation's First Meatless Monday Community

Posted June 6, 2011 | 15:32:46 (EST)

Cities such as San Francisco and Washington D.C. have made symbolic MM proclamations, but Aspen, Colorado is doing something much more exciting and comprehensive. Launching on June 6th, the Aspen Meatless Monday campaign has signed up restaurants, schools, hospitals and organizations bringing tasty, healthy, plant-based options to the...

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Meatless Monday Reaches 50% National Awareness

97 Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 12:22:47 (EST)

Yes, the news has been good of late, but I think the entire Meatless Monday team was quite shocked when the data came back from FGI Research. Awareness of Meatless Monday in the U.S. is now at 50.22%. That's up from 30% just 6 months ago. That's, well, half the...

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Mark Bittman Dishes on His New Cookbook App

Posted May 3, 2011 | 12:33:11 (EST)

If you're going to name your book How To Cook Everything Vegetarian you better know your way around a produce bin and be comfortable taking a culinary risk or two. But there was no risk in deciding to make an app for this cookbook, with its predecessor app,...

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2 Chefs Working to Change the Industrialized-Food System

Posted April 13, 2011 | 15:44:02 (EST)

As the good food movement marches on, sometimes surging, sometimes plodding, many of us are left with a nagging question: what should be done next? Emboldened by last year's Congressional victories and the impressive rise of farmers markets (among many other markers), but also under constant threat from the deep...

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Who Was #1 on Amazon Last Week? Hint: She's a Veganist

Posted February 7, 2011 | 09:34:35 (EST)

Best-selling author Kathy Freston's new book, Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World, was #1 on Amazon for most of last week. It details the tremendous physical and environmental benefits of a vegan diet in shocking but ultimately affirming terms. During her visit to the Oprah Show...

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Oprah Now Doing Meatless Monday

Posted February 4, 2011 | 07:07:48 (EST)

Did she really say that? Did she actually say those words? I was left with this uneasy sensation as the commercials flickered on the screen. I looked around the room, still in shock, wondering what this could ultimately mean.

Oprah had just described the Harpo Vegan Challenge, where...

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World's Premier Food Services Provider Rolls Out Meatless Monday

Posted January 24, 2011 | 08:55:44 (EST)

It's a little hard to believe. Just two years ago there was a single blogger talking about the merits of Meatless Monday, the incomparable Kim O'Donnel. And this month, Sodexo, the world's premier food services provider -- serving 10 million customers daily -- rolls out Meatless...

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The Meatless Monday Thanksgiving Project -- 12 All-Star Recipes

Posted November 22, 2010 | 12:53:19 (EST)

In these shifting political times, duplicity, more than ever, seems the norm. That's why I thought it would be fun to turn this negative on its head -- and do a little project highlighting the double meaning of something a little tastier: Thanksgiving.

I'm talking about Thanksgiving food, and the...

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WATCH: The Astonishing Medicinal Powers of the Cranberry

Posted November 16, 2010 | 10:02:07 (EST)


Whether it's the distinct biting taste, or the sight of rubber-overalled men waist-deep in lakes of crimson, or the POP of your grandmother opening a mason jar of her preserves (well, maybe the movie version of your grandmother), we all know a thing or two about cranberries. But research is...

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The Laurie David Interview, Part II: Family Food Rituals

Posted November 8, 2010 | 10:28:52 (EST)

This is the second part of the Laurie David Interview, continued from Part I: Dinner Is Love. At the bottom of Part II, you'll find a brand-new recipe created exclusively for this interview by Kirstin Uhrenholdt, co-creator of The Family Dinner.

Laurie David, producer of the Academy Award-winning...

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The Laurie David Interview, Part I: Dinner is Love

Posted November 2, 2010 | 20:04:33 (EST)

She had her epiphany at the dinner table. It was just a year and a half ago now. Dessert was long gone, but her kids were still at the table talking. She sat back in her chair, and realized: oh my gosh, this is the one thing I've done right...

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Short Film Reveals The Secret Life of Beef

Posted October 25, 2010 | 11:13:05 (EST)

Livestock today consume 5 times as much grain as the entire American population, the average meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to fork, and seven football fields' worth of land is bulldozed every minute to create more room for farmed animals and the crops that feed them.

But it doesn't...

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Food: Why We Waste So Much

Posted October 18, 2010 | 11:03:27 (EST)

That head of lettuce in your fridge showing the first faint signs of wilting, those remaining mashed potatoes now a little too cold huddled on your plate, that second cookie you thought you wanted but now you're not so sure, that extra trip to the buffet table to grab another...

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Meatless Monday: So Why Monday?

Posted September 27, 2010 | 17:07:38 (EST)

Funny how when you say Monday, what comes to mind for many people is music. There's those fine ladies with the big earrings, and the post-Joy boys, and Sir Bob's mordant musings, and a song so nice they named it twice. But...

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Race Car Driver Fuels Up On Tofurky: Meet Leilani Munter

Posted September 8, 2010 | 17:19:47 (EST)


The blare of revving engines, the squeal of tires leaving pit row, it's not an atmosphere where you'd expect someone to be touting the benefits of vegetables, recycling, composting and canvas bags. And that's exactly what makes rising star race car driver Leilani...

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School Food, Is There Hope? Chef Ann Cooper Opens The Lunch Box (Q&A)

Posted August 10, 2010 | 11:57:04 (EST)

There was good news last week as the Senate passed the Child Nutrition Act. But for innovators like Chef Ann Cooper it's not about waiting for legislators to save the sorry state of school food. She's just launched a revolutionary new web portal, The...

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Cheap Protein: Are You Stuck in the Drive-Thru Lane?

Posted August 2, 2010 | 10:02:24 (EST)


Time to start thinking outside the chicken-bun. The sales of KFC's notorious (and bun-less) Double Down are, well, down. They're immaterial according to KFC's CFO. Fear not, friends, other fast food purveyors are happy to step into the void. Taco Bell has introduced its $2 meal, McDonalds and...

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How One Chef Is Moving Vegetables Center Stage

Posted June 21, 2010 | 15:46:16 (EST)

If you eyed Esquire a few years ago, you'd know he was chosen as one of only four young chefs to watch. If you've followed Iron Chef America this season, you've seen him dismiss his sous-chef and work his magic solo. And if you're lucky enough to live in or...

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Can You Eat Meat and Still Say You Support the Environment? A Q&A With Rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman

Posted June 14, 2010 | 10:12:18 (EST)

The signs are everywhere. People are starting to quietly wonder, and to ask, even to demand information about where the food on their plate comes from. The truth too often is as unsettling as it is eye-opening, considering the rampant rise of factory farming. The question remains, though: are there...

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