2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Michael Pollan

2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan

Writer/Journalist; and Professor

University of California, Berkeley

 

Ask Michael Pollan, a prolific food writer and journalist who introduced issues like sustainable agriculture and food safety into the national conversation, about his earliest gustatory memories, and he singles out an after-school snack: “I remember going to a friend’s house in the fourth grade. His mom wasn’t home so he had to figure out how to cook his own food, and he taught me how to scramble eggs,” Pollan says, recalling a childhood in suburban Long Island. “This goop turned into beautiful yellow curds. So my sense of cooking as this kitchen chemistry set where amazing transformations happen goes back pretty far,” he adds.

 

An unabashed enthusiasm for learning makes Pollan’s writing—a collection of books and articles that probe into the intersection of nature and culture—res... Read more >

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The Power of Food: Belief vs. Reality

 

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’ve been talking about health all month here on the JBF blog. Below, Miriam Arond, director of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, offers some insights based on the Institute’s research on Americans’ eating habits. Arond will also speak during the first day of the JBF Food Conference. Watch a live broadcast at jbffoodconference.org.

 

“Health fo... Read more >

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Dr. Ezekiel Emaneul on Food, Health Care, and Media

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (Photo: Candace di Carlo)

 

The 2014 JBF Food Conference, taking place October 27 and 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 talking about health all month here on the JBF blog. In the post below, Dr. Eze... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 23, 2014

 

Do your liver a favor: have a cup of joe. [The Daily Meal]
 

Budget-friendly tips for avoiding the most commonly over-priced grocery store items. [HuffPost]
 

For some restaurants, a negative review doesn't necessarily mean a drop in business. [Grub Street]

 

Everyone knows Elvis loved a peanut butter and banana sandwich, but what about JFK or Mariah Carey? Iconic Americans' favorite bites. [... Read more >

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Ben Burkett

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Ben Burkett

Ben Burkett
State Coordinator for the State of Mississippi, Federation of Southern Cooperatives; president of the National Family Farm Coalition; and Member of Via Campesina

 

Even just a glance at the staggering range of Ben Burkett’s commitments—spanning state, national, and international arenas—confirms that he’s a tireless advocate for the family farm. “I guess you could say I’ve been farming all my life,” says Burkett, a fourth-generation farmer who wears a variety of hats for organizations including the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, where he is a state coordinator, and the National Family Farm Coalition, where he serves as president.

 

Burkett’s own 300-acre farm in Petal, Mississippi, teems with more than 16 types of vegetables including collard greens and okra. He’s on a quest to change the culture of farming in the United States, which is currently dominated by a cluster of gargantuan corporate players. “The huge farmers don’t... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 22, 2014

 

Test your burger I.Q. with this guide to regional styles across the U.S.  [HuffPost

 

Calling all craft beer enthusiasts: a new app is attempting to catalog every beer in U.S. [FWF]

 

Are arepas the new tacos? Ask the "arepa king" of NYC. [Serious Eats]... Read more >

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Recipe: Jewel Roasted Vegetables

Ellie Krieger's Jewel Roasted Vegetables

 

A healthy diet doesn't have to rule out scrumptious and fulfilling meals. Here's a tasty, comforting, and nutritious recipe from one of our favorite Beard Award–winning books, The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger. A staple on Kriger's Thanksgiving table, the dish gets its name from the gemlike appearance of the chunky vegetables. Get the recipe here.

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2014 JBF Leadership Award Honoree Mark Bittman

2014 JBF Leadership Award honoree Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman
Author and Journalist,
The New York Times

 

Talk about mileage: once a New York City cabdriver and a Boston truck driver, Mark Bittman is now one of the most prominent and influential voices steering Americans toward healthier, more sustainable eating. The best-selling cookbook author, renowned food writer, and prolific recipe developer has paved a path all his own.

 

While running a small newspaper as a community organizer in the 1970s, Bittman was introduced to the craft of journalism and the art of communication. That know-how would serve him well: in the decade that followed, Bittman contributed to many different print outlets, including the New Haven Register, of which he became food editor. “I really liked food and knew about food, but I was trying many different things,” he says. “When it became clear that what I was passionate about would actually work for me, I pretty much pursued it to the exclusion of e... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 21, 2014

 

Discover the history of the doughnut in honor of National Doughnut Month. [Zester Daily]

 

A guide to fall's most grill-worthy vegetables. [Serious Eats

 

You’ll never guess the secret ingredient behind perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookies. [WaPo

 

The green tomato gets a culinary makeover: new recipes and ideas on how to use this underrated ingredient. [NYT

 

Skip the candy aisle and make these DIY Halloween treats. [... Read more >

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Ask the Chefs: Healthy Eats

 

For kitchen pros, it can’t be all foie and filet mignon all the time. Below, attendees at our recent Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change share their favorite healthy eats. 

 

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What’s your favorite healthy snack?

 

Anthony Lamas,  Seviche Restaurant, Louisville, KY
“I love to make a Mexican fruit salad of watermelon, jicama, and pineapple seasoned with a squeeze of lime, chile powder, and salt."

 

Jordan Lloyd, Bartlett Pear Inn, Easton, MD
“Anything fresh from the garden or sliced charcuterie—I feel that feeding the soul is a healthy decision.”
 

Ana Sortun, Oleana, Boston
“My favorite organic, sugar-free chocolate bar with a spoonful of sunflower butter, or a frozen banana and almond milk in the blender to make a quick soft-serve.”

 

 

When you give in to an indu... Read more >

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