Archive for the ‘food’ Category

The Chef’s Menu: Bugs, Plants, Forage

May 2, 2022

James Beard-nominated chef Bun Lai closed Miya’s, his renowned sustainable seafood restaurant in New Haven, to focus on living off nature as a food source. A short video directed by Edward Columbia.

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Mexican Avocado Scare Rocks the Guac Out of USA

February 22, 2022

After a week-long pause, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allowed imports of Mexican avocados to resume on Saturday, replenishing US guacamole reserves exhausted by Super Bowl parties. Imports ceased after a Mexico-based avocado inspector from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) was threatened by crime cartels anxious to pass off Jalisco ‘cados as Michoacán-grown, the only ones currently allowed into the States.

With $3 billion in annual avocado exports, Mexican crime cartels have targeted another US drug of choice, guacamole. Mexico’s avocado growers face cartel extortion and hijackings. The boom crop is also responsible for drought, deforestation, and violence.

While the US has agreed to begin importing avocados from additional Mexican states as their crops are declared pest-free, those harvests will never be crime free.

More:

“United States lifts Mexican avocado ban — averting what could have been a costly crisis,” By María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post

“How the Avocado Became Key to Mexican Drug Cartel Turf War,” Khaleda Rahman, Newsweek

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Monster Food Truck Cranberry Muffins

November 19, 2021

Chefs Cookie Monster and Gonger make cranberry muffins, overcoming supply chain issues by driving their food truck straight to the cranberry bog and delivering the finished product by catapult. A dubious small business model, but maybe a pandemic recovery Restaurant Resiliency Program grant is helping out.

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Crickets. Yum!

August 12, 2020

Cricket farmers Adam Brody and Jude Tallichet raise insects in their Manhattan apartments. On purpose. For food. They want you to add the musical hoppers to your diet. A New Yorker video.

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‘Butter Of The Sea’

December 16, 2019

A brief explainer on uni, “sea urchin” in Japanese and the “butter of the sea.” A Gothamist video by Jessica Leibowitz.

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The Golden Temple Feeds 100,000 People Each Day

December 6, 2019

The Harmandir Sahib, chief place of worship for the Sikh faith, is a major place of pilgrimage. The temple’s huge kitchen feeds visitors, serving 100,000 free meals a day.

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Eating healthy is expensive in America

October 21, 2019

Julia Belluz of Vox explains why eating healthy is so expensive in America.

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Meat. Is it bad for you?

September 20, 2019

Eating meat has been associated with health risks like heart disease, cancer and an early death. What’s up with that? A video by Kurzgesagt (“In a Nutshell”).

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Breakfast: the most important myth of the day

September 3, 2019

Breakfast became “The Most Important Meal of the Day” when cereal companies stood to make a buck from it. A Vox video by Ranjani Chakraborty.

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Endangered Foods

July 24, 2019

The race to save endangered foods, a Vox video.

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