1.  Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.2.  Avoid foods containing ingredients you can’t pronounce.3.  Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. [Read more]...more

The Insanity Workout Program: the Question of What to Eat

A couple of years ago I read Michael Pollan’s excellent book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” on the politics and culture of food in America. He addresses the question, “What should we have for dinner?” – more complicated than it sounds in a nation obsessed with food, health, and fad dieting, but with the highest obesity rate in the world....more

Testing out Michael Pollan's 5 Ingredient Rule

In Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food the author suggests that we eat food products with no more than 5 ingredients. The idea, at least in theory, has caught on. Every time I pick up a newspaper or magazine, some person is saying that you shouldn't eat anything with more than 5 ingredients....more

Why I'm Vegetarian, But My Kids Are Not

Forget my wild youth -- until recently, my vegetarianism was my dirty little secret from my kids. For their first five years, they were unaware as they chomped through their dinners of grilled chicken or hamburgers because I always had a built in excuse. We keep kosher and since you can't mix milk and meat in the same meal, I would quickly eat something dairy right before the meat meal and then exclaim, "oh no! Mommy forgot again. So silly! I guess I can't eat dinner with you." Or I'd tell them I was full from lunch or wanted them to have all the grilled chicken because they love it so much. It took until five years of age for my daughter to point out that she has never seen me eat chicken. ...more
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Food Rules!

I just finished reading Michael Pollan's new book Food Rules: An Eater's Manual. You must buy this book and read it! It's fabulous and takes less than an hour to finish.  ...more

Real Fooled?

There are a lot of similarities in our views on food. I am also striving to do better, but I ...more

Berry Grateful Birds

Somewhere along the line my gardening goals evolved from feeding myself to feeding the wildlife that frequent my garden. Then I took it a step further; attempting to attract even more fauna to feast upon my flora....read more at http://www.thegardenbuzz.com...more

September Gardening: The Botany of Desire, Lawn Reform Coalition, Compost and more

An early fall Saturday is hopefully perfect for getting out the garden and getting some real work done, but we all need to return inside for a break or two.  Spend this time checking out some the highlights from many of the gardening blogs: In The News: Andrea Bellamy, from Heavy Petal, had a chance to preview the Michael Pollan Special that will be playing on PBS later this fall: The Botany of Desire. ...more

Michael Pollan: Cooking up a Sour Batch of Sexism

My book club is comprised of liberal, middle and upper-middle class, professional, Jewish women. In July, we read Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food. Given that we are his target audience (people - some of whom are moms - who care about the environment and health, who have some means to be able to shop in ways that support sustainability), it seemed like we'd love the book. We hated it. As my friend Molly said, "He doesn't recognize that by romanticizing how food was prepared in the past, he ensures that women cannot have jobs outside of the home, whether they want them or not." We all agreed that his fixation on "mother knows best" when it comes to cooking was a positive, yet sexist stereotype. ...more

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Why, Exactly, Does My Broccoli Need to Come from China?

Fast back two months Before Thanksgiving, I sprinted through Trader Joe's and in the frozen section, almost collided with a woman loading green bags into her cart. She exhibited no other signs of hoarding issues, so my cart, smart thing, knew to slow down to investigate. Before I could ask (which I do, often, and recommend, when a grocery shopper is stockpiling), she rolled her eyes as if a facial gesture could explain the apparent lunacy of emptying a freezer, then went on, "My kids love this stuff. Thank goodness, it's something so good for them!" She handed me the last bag of Greens with Envy, a pound of organic frozen mixed vegetables, broccoli, beans, spinach, asparagus tips and edamame beans, for $2. ...more

I live in China right now and I wash everything twice (1st with bleach water!) I have seen what ...more