Helping Ourselves, Helping Others: Personal and Collective Responsibility at the JBF Food Conference

 

It was clear from the speakers and panels of this year’s JBF Food Conference that for problems related to food and health, this is no one simple solution. In this panel, JBF Award-winning journalist Michael Pollan and executive director of Let’s Move! Sam Kass share their at times opposing views of the future of the American diet, and how responsibility breaks down along individual, federal, and corporate lines. As with many of the Conference's participants, they may disagree on how to enact change, but the need for reform is undeniable.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found ... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs Announces Healthy Cooking Competition Contestants

 

American Cooks with Chefs, the healthy cooking initiative launched by the Clinton Foundation in partnership with JBF, has revealed the six contestants who will pair up with James Beard Award–winning chefs to create the ultimate healthy and delicious dish.

 

The contestants will meet their chef collaborators at Kitchen Camps, where they’ll “make-under” their favorite decadent dish into a nutritious meal. The ultimate test comes at the Clinton Health Matters Conference in January 2015, where the contestants will compete in a Live Cooking Challenge

 

Here are the contestants and their JBF Award-winning chef mentors:

  • Jonathan Saturay (NYC) will be paired with chef Maria Hines (Seattle)
  • Vinita Lark Williams (Los Angeles) will be paired with chef Mary Sue Milliken (Los Angeles)
  • Kathy Partak (Auburn, California) will be paired with chef Naomi Pomeroy (Portland, Oregon)
  • Jordan Kennedy (Alexandria, VA) wil

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What We're Reading: November 5, 2014

 

Tips and tricks for making the perfect pie crust. [Epicurious]

 

Smoked, fermented, and hand-crafted foods delivered straight to your door: a prediction of the food trends of 2015. [Chicago Tribune]

 

The U.S. Army looks to 3-D printing for the future of feeding the troops. [NPR]

 

A reflection on the changing definition of "celebrity chef." [FWF]

 

A new Chicago-based app transforms restaurant leftovers into meals for those in need. [... Read more >

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Eat Your Vegetables Twitter Chat on Wednesday, November 5

Swiss Chard

 

Want to learn more about cooking vegetables from some of the world's most renowned culinary icons? To celebrate our recently launched recipe app, we're hosting a live Twitter chat to discuss everything from inspiring recipes to helpful techniques to seasonal tips with a panel of some of the JBF Outstanding Chef award winners featured in the app. Join us on Wednesday, November 5th at 2:00 P.M. EST and ask the experts for advice! 

 

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Allies for Health with Dr. Tim Harlan and Seamus Mullen at JBF Food Conference

 

A recurring thread at this year’s JBF Food Conference was the need to make the knowledge we have about health more accessible to the average consumer. As keynote speaker Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel pointed out, a big piece of this change must come from better educating physicians about nutrition. In this panel, Dr. Tim Harlan of Tulane University School of Medicine and JBF Award–nominated chef Seamus Mullen describe the vast potential of partnerships between doctors and chefs, and share through personal experience the incredible transformative power of healthy eating habits.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 4

This season’s hottest new dish: the acorn? [NPR]

 

Living proof of the benefits of brown rice. [Zester]

 

Salsa lovers rejoice: these traditional Mexico City salsas can be found in NYC. [FWF]

 

Get your cranberry on all month long with Momofuku Milk Bar’s Thanksgiving croissant. [Eater]

 

The trials and tribulations of naming cuts of meat. [NYT]

 

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Gets Vertical

The future USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

First came the concrete, now comes the steel frame. Construction of the USA Pavilion is steadily progressing over in Milan, the host of next year's world's fair, Expo Milano 2015. Taking place May 1–October 31, Expo Milano will be the first world's fair to focus exclusively on food. The James Beard Foundation, along with the International Culinary Center, is leading the conception and buildout of USA Pavilion, whose theme will be American Food 2.0. More on all of that here.

 

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Eating Ourselves Sick with Mark Bittman and Mitchell Davis at the JBF Food Conference

 

One of this year’s JBF Leadership Award honorees, author and journalist Mark Bittman has made it his mission to help individuals navigate the murky waters of healthy cooking and eating. At the end of our first day at the JBF Food Conference, Bittman and JBF executive vice president Mitchell Davis sat down for a frank discussion of processed food, antibiotics, and the first steps the average person can take to improve his or her health through diet.

 

Video footage of all our 2014 JBF Food Conference talks and panels can be found here

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Ode to Autumn: Pumpkin Recipes

 

If you've never cooked with fresh pumpkin, a revelation awaits. Just don't bake up that jack-o'-lantern; the best pumpkins for cooking are the smaller, sweeter varieties like sugar, cheese, and pie pumpkins.

 

Pumpkin Soup with Creamy Roquefort

Cookbook author Paula Wolfert notes that Roquefort mellows out when cooked, lending this soup a "characteristic Southwestern French flavor."

 

Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

This creamy, prosciutto-topped soufflé contains only eight ingredients (including salt and olive oil) and is super easy to make.

 

Pumpkin–Cranberry Brioche

Enjoy a slice of this warm, subtly spiced brioche with your morning coffee, or top it with whipped cream and serve for... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 3, 2014

 

Companies are on the hunt for more natural flavoring in food products. [WSJ]

 

Now that the festivities are over, find out how Halloween became a candy holiday. [Smithosonian]

 

A review on the highlights of the JBF Food Conference last week. [Civil Eats]

 

Salt damage is costing farmers money and the earth its farmland. [NPR]

 

Is fast-casual dining replacing fast-fo... Read more >

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