Why is there Such a High Obesity Rate for Farmworkers in California?
From Fusion.net | A recent study found that 80% of the farmworkers in California's Central Valley are obese. Even though they spend most of the day on their feet, workers live in areas where grocery stores aren't stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables and the water is contaminated with pesticides. These factors mean that people buy the most affordable and plentiful options: unhealthy, pre-packaged foods and sugary drinks like juice and soda. Furthermore, after working twelve-hour days, most farmworkers don't feel like going home and exercising or cooking healthy meals for their families; pizza and other kinds of takeout become much more appealing options. But there is hope: Some of the growers and farmworkers themselves are implementing exercise programs that take place during the work day, as well as working with nutritionists to improve the quality of the food the workers eat.
Did Prohibition Reduce Drinking?
From Piceonomics | John Adams started his day off with a quarter-pint of cider. James Madison drank a pint of whiskey every day. Businessmen in the 19th century would break for a drink at 11 every morning. By the mid-1800s, however, a strong temperance and prohibition movement took hold, and states began to ban the sale of alcohol. From 1920 to 1933, the Eighteenth Amendment made making, selling, and transporting booze illegal. Prohibition wasn't exactly a rousing success (read: the rise of the mafia and Prohibition's repeal after a meager thirteen years), but what lasting effects has it had on our society today? Do we drink less than we did before 1920?
Fast-Food Workers Push for Wage Increase, McDonald’s Buys Private Jet
From NPR | While a recent study found that 52% of fast-food workers depend on government assistance to make ends meet, McDonald's just spent $35 million for a luxury Bombardier jet to cater to its corporate executives. It's therefore not terribly surprising that on Thursday thousands of fast-food workers, backed by a coalition of advocacy groups, religious organizations, and union organizers, protested in hopes of raising fast-food wages to $15 an hour.
The 25 Biggest Food Moments of 2013
From BuzzFeed | 2013 is winding down and with its end comes the inevitable "best of," "worst of," and "most important" lists. We're partial to this one from BuzzFeed chronicling the most important moments of 2013 in terms of food. Be it the controversial cover of Time magazine's food issue which featured only men, the looming threat of the srirachapocalpyse, or the advent of the Cronut, the culinary events of this year have been a roller coaster ride of emotions.
50 of the Worst Food Gifts on the Internet
From Bon Appetit | Bon Appetit has successfully found 50 of the ugliest, weirdest, and most useless gifts marketed to food-lovers. While we have to admit that we're kind of into the backpack in the shape of a carrot, we do think we'd rather get coal on Christmas morning than a set of spill-resistant martini glasses with included acrylic straws or a 25-pound fruitcake designed in the shape of Texas.
Technology and the Kitchen: How Chefs are Bringing the Two Worlds Together
From KQED | At the Culinary Institute of America's "Worlds of Flavor" Conference, this year's theme was "Kitchens Connected" and was devoted to the intersection of food and technology. Brendon Marshall, co-founder and CEO of Kitchit (a San Francisco company that connects chefs with people who are looking for in-home cooking services), says, "We're very much in the early stages of seeing the world of food and the world of technology come together." He added that he thinks the companies that will be the most successful are the ones that will benefit chefs the most.
Humans Are Becoming More Carnivorous
From Scientific American | A study published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences states that the fast-growing economies of China and India are driving global meat consumption. Even though people in other parts of the world, such as Iceland, Mongolia, and Mauritania, have decreased their meat consumption, growing countries continue to force the carnivorous trend upward.
The Best Cookbooks of 2013 According to NPR
NPR has released a list of their favorite cookbooks from 2013, and we're thrilled to see Yotam Ottolenghi's Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, Lucy Knisley's Relish: My Life In the Kitchen, and Michael Paterniti's The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese make the cut. Yotam visited America's Test Kitchen in January and Lucy in April. Their books, while very different from each other, are both full of beautiful images and tell extraordinary stories. This fall, we interviewed Michael Paterniti on our radio show.
Free Burritos for Ugly Christmas Sweater-Wearers in London
From Foodbeast | Chipotle is offering a free burrito, burrito bowl, salad or tacos to anyone who wanders into one of their London-based restaurants wearing a Christmas sweater on any Saturday in December. This promotion will give many British people the chance to celebrate both ugly and resplendent clothing.
L.A.’s Top Chefs’ Favorite Things to Do with Sriracha
From LA Times | Since a judge ordered Huy Fong Foods' sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale, CA to partially shut down, The LA Times has taken a moment to honor the bright red, spicy condiment by asking area chefs how they like to cook with it. Michael Voltaggio of ink. restaurant serves it with his pho dish (beef short rib with radish noodles, puffed tendon, and pho broth), while Walter Manzke of the soon-to-open Republique likes to serve it with adobo fried rice. But perhaps Ricardo Zarate, chef of Mo-Chica, Picca, and Paiche, said it best: "I'm actually addicted to sriracha!" If you're looking to make a vehicle for sriracha, allow us to suggest our brand new Pho recipe (which is pretty great without the spicy sauce, too!).