The Bookshelf: Pandora’s Lunchbox

 

From Subway sandwiches that contain more than 100 ingredients to packaged cheese that won’t spoil for eternity, processed food accounts for 70 percent of America’s caloric intake. In Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, former New York Times reporter Melanie Warner explores the depths of engineered food and its implications for our health and society. We got in touch with the author to learn about her investigation to uncover the truth, her most shocking discovery, and her advice for changing the way America eats.

 

(Join Melanie tomorrow at noon for a special installment of our Enlightened Eaters series at the Beard House.)

 

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JBF: You started out as a business reporter for Forbes and the New York Times. How did you get interested in writing about food?

 

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JBF on the Air: Robert LaValva

 

On this week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis invited Robert LaValva, founder of New Amsterdam Market, into Heritage Radio Network’s Brooklyn studios. Located in the historic South Street Seaport, New Amsterdam Market is New York City’s first permanent, indoor public market and wholesale distribution hub for local and sustainable food. Robert talks about the role of public markets in civic life, the Big Apple’s diverse marketplaces, the value of historic buildings, and the need for interactive public spaces in urban environs.​ Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

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JBF on the Air: Atera's Matt Lightner

Matt Lightner on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a field trip to lower Manhattan to interview chef Matt Lightner at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Atera. Offering only mysterious tasting experiences (diners eat over 20 courses but are not given a printed menu), Matt encourages his guests to let their imaginations run wild and guess the ingredients and composition in each dish. Mitchell and Matt discussed the interactions between the kitchen and dining room, how Matt is inspired by Basque cooking, and the new glut of tempting ingredients that's spoiling New York chefs. Click here to listen to the full episode.

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JBF on the Air: Stan Sagner

Taste Matters

 

On yesterday's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis invited writer, consultant, and New York Daily News restaurant critic Stan Sagner into Heritage Radio Network's Brooklyn studios. Sagner discussed the life of an anonymous restaurant critic, the impact his opinions have on restaurants, and why he thinks goat will usurp kale as the next "it" food. Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook

Michael Anthony

 

Every year brings a fresh crop of dazzling, restaurant-driven cookbooks that renew our resolve to soar toward new technical heights in our home kitchens. But whether we actually reach those summits of thermal circulators and immaculate brunoise… well, that’s another story. This year’s batch included the eponymous title from New York City’s Gramercy Tavern, a restaurant anchored by a kitchen that’s never short on solid technique. But lightning-fast knife skills aside, JBF Award winner Michael Anthony says that The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook can actually make the leap from coffee table to kitchen counter. Intertwining two decades of the iconic restaurant's history with 125 seasonally inspired, contemporary American recipes, Anthony has crafted an invaluable resource for... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: GritWork's Monica Gelinas

Monica Gelinas on Taste Matters

 

On the latest episode of Taste Matters, food systems consultant and Karp Resources founder Karen Karp appears as guest host, interviewing Monica Gelinas from GritWork. As GritWork's principal and founder, Monica works to transform high-growth natural food concepts into soulful operations through strategic integrity sourcing and sustainable supply chain frameworks. The two reflect on their collaborative experience bringing England's Pret A Manger to the U.S. in 1999, and Monica talks about some of the biggest challenges in both industrial food production and providing year-round fresh, seasonal produce in New York City. Click here to listen to the full episode. ... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Brady Lowe

Brady Lowe on Taste Matters

 

On this week's installment of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis broadcasts from out on the road, where he meets up with Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555. Brady fills us in on the sixth annual traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which aims to promote the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs and educate chefs and attendees about snout-to-tail cooking. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Alan Richman

Alan Richman on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis sat down with Alan Richman, the multiple JBF Award–winning writer, restaurant critic, and the French Culinary Institute's dean of food journalism. Alan explored the constantly changing restaurant landscape in New York City, and shared his opinions on anonymous food critics. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Liz Neumark

Liz Neumark on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On the first Taste Matters episode of 2014, JBF’s Mitchell Davis talked with CEO and author Liz Neumark of catering company Great Performances and the year-round, organic Katchkie Farm. With its commitment to innovative cuisine and sourcing local ingredients, Great Performances is one of the most popular catering companies in New York City. The pair discussed the challenges of using seasonal ingredients with planned catering menus, the importance of cooking skills for young people, how thoughtful food preparation can eliminate diet-related disease, and crucial labor issues in the food industry. Click here to listen to the full episode. ... Read more >

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Up Your ’Gram Game

seafood stew

 

When pondering how to live better in 2014, we couldn’t help but think about improving our food photos—so we consulted an expert. Few people in the industry have greater knowledge of successful food photography than Bon Appétit’s creative director, Alex Grossman. The nominee for a 2012 JBF Award in Visual Storytelling (who also happens to have an enviable Instagram account of his own) sat down with us to share his expertise on capturing beautiful food images. Want to improve your skills? Read on! 

 

JBF: Why do you think Instagram has exploded with food photography? 

 

AG: Food revolves around the culture of sharing, so it's perfectly suited for social media. We... Read more >

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