January 11, 2012

freshworthy: in the news

Introducing a new feature I'd like to continue once a week. Food in the News, which I'm calling Freshworthy.

Here's what is going on in the food realm this week (ok, maybe last) that I found worth reading:

New York Times
I found it hard to be vegetarian while traveling for work in places like rural Kentucky and Tennessee (though not in their urban centers, like Louisville). Hell, it's hard to be one right here in Texas, where I'm faced nearly daily with the threat (promise?) of a perfectly-smoked brisket. Just this week, an email went out to our entire staff just after 9a.m.: "Free BBQ in the Kitchen!"

Full disclosure: I should also admit that I sometimes practice a "Don't ask, don't tell" approach when ordering anything fried or bean-related. Because come on... a tiny piece of pork fat in my charro beans really won't kill me. What do you think?

Did your grandmother ever tell you to chew your food 27 times before swallowing? Well, this article explores the benefits of "mindful eating." I totally get it, but more often than not, I'm too ravenous to practice "mindful eating" and go straight to the "mindless chow-down."

Mark Bittman, New York Times
Meat-eating in America is down more than 12 percent since 2007. Why? Sure, we can look at rising prices and diminishing demands as a few culpabilities. But Bittman (a food hero of mine) argues that we're eating less meat because we want to. And heaven forbid we take matters into our own minds to make that decision. It's a fascinating opine and worth the read.


April said...

It's really refreshing to hear another practicing vegetarian admit to using the "don't ask don't tell" policy when eating at restaurants! It's a mother to get soup without it containing chicken stock. My rule is just "no meat chunks." Thanks for admitting that!