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Are You Satisfied or Stuffed? Teaching Kids When to Say 'When' at the Table

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Bettina Elias Siegel

Here in America, where "super-sizing" and Value Meals are the norm, achieving a state of maximum fullness seems to be the goal. So, how do we teach our kids when to say "when" at the table?

4 Ways Immigrant Cultural Wisdom Is Inspiring America

Rohit Kumar | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics
Rohit Kumar

The most diverse gathering of races and ethnicities from across the world is living in one place here in the United States. We often focus on the econ...

Fruits, Nuts, and Friends Like These

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The statement that fructose is toxic is, simply, false. Fruit contains fructose. Honey, which has been part of the human diet since the Stone Age, contains more fructose than glucose. Saying that fructose is toxic but fruit is not is like saying that democracy is evil, but the United States is fine.

Reclaiming the Kitchen: Women's History Month Meets the Food Justice Movement

Judith Newton | Posted 05.04.2013 | Women
Judith Newton

When I began to cook in the 1960s while getting my Ph.D., I was conscious of doing so in a way that would define me as different from my mother and my mother's life. She cooked Midwestern. I deliberately chose French. She baked apple pies. I composed Tarte Normande aux Pommes.

My Conversation With Michael Moss: Bullies, Bodies, and the Body Politic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The food industry brings in serious muscle to bully us into eating too much of all the wrong things, while someone counts the cash. Any conversation about personal responsibility or public policy that fails to acknowledge this reality is either disingenuous, or uninformed.

Who Cares About Science?

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Dear Readers, Sarah Rolph, a freelance writer, has written an essay in response to Helen Grieco's Huffington Post Green piece a few days ago about th...

Seven Eco-Friendly Options at Fast-Food Chains

Sierra | Posted 04.01.2013 | Home

We asked a few quick-fix connoisseurs to recommend fast-food fare that greenies can order with a clear conscience. From Five Guys fries to Panera Bread, here are their suggestions.

A Girl Scout Cookie Gets "Healthwashed:" Musings on Nutritionism and Our Kids

Bettina Elias Siegel | Posted 03.24.2013 | Home
Bettina Elias Siegel

You can easily see how a less food-savvy parent might conclude that feeding a child Mango Cremes is actually a net positive -- the same as offering fruit, when of course a Mango Creme is, in the end, a highly processed, white flour cookie.

Chemical Foods and the Science That Will Save Us

Rachele M. Pojednic, PhD | Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachele M. Pojednic, PhD

Michael Pollan, esteemed writer and noble defender of the dinner table, has been a leading crusader for real food. He is undeniably right, but we should be wary of demonizing all science surrounding nutrition in the publics' eye.

The Problem With "Unreal" Candy and Nutrition Facts Labels

Rachel Marie Stone | Posted 03.17.2013 | Home
Rachel Marie Stone

The magic of nutritional lables is that they somehow level ground that can't actually be leveled. We'll never fix anything by replacing one product with another and treating the new product as mindlessly as we did the old.

Meat Hooked: A New Kind of Butcher

Natasha Del Toro | Posted 11.19.2012 | Entertainment
Natasha Del Toro

With dreadlocks and a tattoo on his arm, Jamal Bedeau stands at the chopping block at Fleisher's Grass-Fed and Organic Meat Market in Park Slope, Brooklyn, delicately slicing a thick slab of beef.

Where Do Romney and Obama Stand on Healthy Living?

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Scout, Ph.D.

Polls repeatedly show us one of the most important issues in the presidential election is health. Unfortunately, much of the health debate is being focused on health care, when analyses show us healthy living is the real key to curbing our spiraling health care costs.

The Era of the Celebrity Farmer

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 01.02.2013 | Home
Katherine Gustafson

We have indeed entered the era of the celebrity farmer. But all over the country, small farmers -- some of whom have been at it for decades with scant recognition -- are finding themselves catapulted to rock-star status.

'I Think There Is A Food Movement Rising'

Posted 11.02.2012 | Home

Michael Pollan appeared on HuffPost Live this week to discuss genetically modified foods and California's Prop 37. For those a bit hazy on GMOs, Polla...

Michael Pollan Weighs In On Taco Bell, GMOs And More

Posted 10.15.2012 | Home

For the most recent issue of the New York Times magazine, which not coincidentally happened to be the food and drink issue, Michael Pollan wrote a pie...

Bloody Aftermath of the Diet Wars

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 12.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Not only is there major disagreement over the amount (and type) of protein we should be eating, but there's wild disagreement over the role of fat, the importance of carbs, the value of exercise, the need for calorie counting, and just about anything else you can think of.

DC VegFest: Meatless Saturday

Erin Ruberry | Posted 11.21.2012 | DC
Erin Ruberry

There are plenty of reasons go to meat-free. It's good for your health, good for your planet and good for your soul. Will you commit to going vegetarian Saturday?

Junk Food Is "Safe," Too, But That's Not the Whole Story

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.14.2012 | Green
Alex Formuzis

But regularly choosing unhealthy junk food and consuming produce that's heavy in chemical residues could both, over time, pose a risk to your health.

WATCH: The Best Food Job Ever?

Daniel Klein | Posted 10.14.2012 | Home
Daniel Klein

After much deliberation, we are pleased to announce that the Perennial Plate has a new gig...the world!

Who Grows Our Food: Chris Nielsen, Winterhaven Ranch

Ellen Kanner | Posted 10.06.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

It's getting on to harvest at Winterhaven Ranch, but the fields are not green. They're brown. This is actually a good thing. Nielsen is a desert farmer. For almost 30 years, he's been growing Medjool dates in Bard Valley, California.

Books for the Intellectual Foodie

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.30.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Any intellectual seeking to build a balanced larder of knowledge would do well to embrace their inner Roman emperor, and familiarize themselves with food and the art of cooking -- even if their own culinary attempts go up in smoke a disconcerting amount of the time.

Bay Area Food Guru Cooks Up a Benefit for City Arts & Lectures

Camille Hayes | Posted 08.15.2012 | San Francisco
Camille Hayes

Farro, chicken, kale and sheep's milk cheese. These are the foodstuffs (one item from each food group) that Michael Pollan would take to a desert island to eat in perpetuity, were he to find himself regrettably, but unavoidably, marooned.

Nutrition Guidance: Facts About Opinions About Facts

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is an intrinsic problem with measuring the quality of a system by how well it conforms to what you already believe. Such a system gets bonus points for agreeing with you -- even when you are wrong.

Thomas Keller's Disappointing Stance on Sustainable Cooking

Nick Wiseman | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Nick Wiseman

It's not Thomas Keller's responsibility to help save the planet (though many chefs have taken on this calling with great ambition). But focusing solely on the aesthetics and disclaiming any other responsibility altogether is a cop-out.

Confessions of a Meat Addict

Steve Heilig | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Steve Heilig

The New York Times Magazine's "Ethicist" just held an essay contest with the theme, "Is it ethical to eat meat?" The judges were an all-star roster fr...