Hard to Swallow

“Choice is an illusion, created between those with power… and those without.” ~Merovingian, The Matrix Sci-fi movie fans surely remember the sensual, orgasm-inducing dessert Merovingian served in The Matrix, where a steak was so succulent Cypher became Judas. And who could forget Indiana Jones’ feast of monkey brains, or Star Trek’s classic food synthesizer. When it comes to food, it’s no secret man can dream up elaborate concepts. But... Read More

A Visual Feast

At Washington’s National Gallery of Art, “Arcimboldo, 1526 – 1593: Nature and Fantasy,” is an adventurous look at what can happen when we play with our food. Or at least, what happened in 16th-century Milan in or around the kitchen of artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo. The 16 examples of his raw talent are on view through January 9.  Read More

Wealthy Not So Healthy

Are America’s cutest rear ends in jeopardy? From the country notorious for insulting Americans, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts that three out of four Americans are destined for fat pants by the year 2020. Having 75 percent of us on our way to weighing way too much makes the U.S. the world’s leading country at packing on the pounds. Why is that of interest to an economic watch group? The OECD links the wealthiest... Read More

The Stars Aligned

Last night’s Super Harvest Moon (the seldom seen phenomenon of the full Harvest Moon on the night of the of the autumnal equinox) was nearly eclipsed by the star power combo of Chef Betsy Pitts of Urban Pl8 and Farmer Colleen Dudley. The two collaborated on a wine dinner for 30 underground supper club devotes at Atlanta Botanical Garden’s newish Edible Garden. Considering the last time I visited this site it was a parking lot, the creative one-acre... Read More

Waiter There’s a Fly in My Formula

As a follow up to recent pondering as to the FDA’s roll in our health, it’s notable that the Food and Drug Administration determined no immediate health risk in the five million containers of powdered Similac baby formula Abbott Labs recalled today due to contamination with insect parts. Parts? Yep, Junior’s dinner could have a beetle here or a larvae there, but no worries.  Read More  Read More

Something Smells Fishy

If you’ve been following the debate over “modified” salmon, you know the FDA’s Sept. 19 – 21 hearings have wrapped up with a decision not to decide whether genetically engineered (GE) salmon is safe for consumption, presumably by a non-genetically altered population (you and me and our children. Well, not OUR children, but, you know.)   While we’re thinking of our children, do you wonder what will happen to them if we feed them a fish... Read More

Believe Nothing

 “Believe nothing.
No matter 
where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with you own reason and your own common sense."

               - Buddha

“The same molecules
that make up the food
we consume become
the molecules of our
minds and bodies.
So, unless you grow
your own food, you
should choose a
farmer as carefully as
 you choose your 
doctor or pastor.”

  _ Tim Willey, Farmer
             Madera CA
 “If man made it… don’t eat





        - Jack LaLanne

  “If we are
 always arriving and
 departing, it is also
 true that we are 
 eternally anchored. 
 One's destination is 
 never a place but 
 rather a new way of 
 looking at things."

           - Henry Miller
  “The rest of the
 world lives to eat…
 I eat to live.”
- Socrates
“Teachers open the door, 

you must enter by 


         - Chinese proverb

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