JBF Award Winner Marion Nestle on Food and Health in America

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today. 

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding ... Read more >

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Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Three: Solutions, Local and Beyond (and Zimbabwe)

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding ... Read more >

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Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Two: Treme, New Orleans, and Chef Culture

 

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27–28 in New York City, will explore the intersection of food and health. Our speakers and panelists will discuss the myriad ways in which food supports personal and public health; fails to deliver on the promise of better health; and both drives and responds to other cultural forces in America today.

 

In anticipation of this two-day event, we're holding Health Month here on the JBF blog. In the post below, we continue our extended interview series with actor and activist... Read more >

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Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part One: Why Food Deserts?

 

Although he’s best known for roles on hit television shows like The Wire and Treme, actor Wendell Pierce is also a dedicated food and community advocate in his hometown of New Orleans. Ponchartrain Park was designated one of the fastest growing neighborhoods post-Hurricane Katrina, thanks in no small part to Pierce’s nonprofit organization, and his grocery business, Sterling Farms, has expanded across the South to provide fresh food to underserved areas. In the first part of our extended interview, Pierce shares his motivation for taking on the difficult issue of food access.

 

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JBF: You started off with a focus on rebuilding your neighborhood of Ponchartrain Park after Katrina. Were you thinking about food access then? Or did it come later?

 

WP: Absolutely not. Wasn’t thinking about it at all, wasn’t conscious of it to any degree... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Healthy Herbs and Spices

These seasonings do more than just pump up your food's flavor. Match these spice-rack staples with their health benefits!

 

 

 

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JBF in the News: The JBF Food Conference in National Geographic

The 2014 JBF Food Conference

 

Well-rounded food person Mary Beth Albright (she's a former restaurant critic, food attorney, and competitor on The Next Food Network Star) previews our fall conference on "The Plate," the food blog over at NationalGeographic.com. With appreciative memories of "epiphany moments" at last year's gathering, Albright is looking forward to our upcoming discussion of food and its impact (or lack thereof) on health, particularly our scheduled conversation with Mark Bittman.

 

Read Albright's full piece here. Learn more about this year's JBF Food Conference.

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America Cooks with Chefs: 800 Calorie Challenge Launches Today!

America Cooks with Chefs

 

Ever wish you could have a cooking lesson with your favorite chefs? One in which they would teach you their tips for not only making the food you cook at home more effortless and delicious, but healthier, too? Then check out America Cooks with Chefs, our new initiative aimed at helping people from all walks of life learn tips and tricks that will make their lives in the kitchen easier. The contest goes live today and will accept applications for ANY American over the age of 18, with winners matched up with James Beard Award–winning chefs, including Maria Hines, Tory Miller, Mary Sue Milliken, Tony Mantuano, Jimmy Schmidt, and Michelle Bernstein to learn how to cook and then take part in a live competition! Find out how to enter here... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 17, 2014

 

World Cup teams take no chances by bringing their own chefs, and their own food, to Brazil. [Fox News]

 

Meaningless buzzwords like “organic” and “whole-grain” drive sales with empty promises. [Chron]

 

Protein-infused cake frosting, bee-less honey, and lentil pasta are just some of the predicted healths trends for the upcoming year. [NYDN]

 

A peek at... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 16, 2014

 

The CDC released a list of the healthiest fruits and vegetables, and their number one might surprise you. [Food Republic

 

A cure for gout just might hold the key to ending the lime shortage. [The Wire]  

 

A new petition for brewers to disclose their ingredients and methods is causing a stir. [ABC

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Interview with Laurie David and Stephanie Soechtig of "Fed Up"

 

 

Eat a balanced diet. Get plenty of exercise. The tenets of achieving a healthy body and life are so ingrained in American culture that kindergartners can recite them. But, as the alarming rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes prove, this long-accepted formula is failing. The culprit? It’s the widespread presence of sugar in processed food, or so says Fed Up, the new documentary produced by Laurie David and Katie Couric. In anticipation of the film’s release on May 9, we got in touch with David and Fed Up director Stephanie Soechtig to discuss how this epidemic became so dire, what can be done, and their new campaign to get Americans to cut down on the sweet stuff.

 

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JBF: Your documentary follows the lives of a group of American families as they try to make a healthier and more active lifestyle for themselves. How did you find your participants? ... Read more >

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