September 24, 2003 |
Former Nutrisource Inc. executive Robert Ligon was sentenced to 15 months in prison for claiming that baked goods he sold to Whole Foods Market Inc. and other health food stores were low fat. Ligon, 52, pleaded guilty to mail fraud for putting false nutritional labels on doughnuts, cookies and rolls and selling them from 1995 to 1997. Some of the products went to an Evanston, Ill., store owned by Whole Foods, the largest U.S. natural-foods grocer, prosecutors said.
December 15, 1993 |
The Food and Drug Administration offered assurances Tuesday that dietary supplements will remain widely available, even though it will soon be able to regulate the claims on their labels for the first time. A moratorium that barred the FDA from regulating vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other health food store staples expires today.
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October 14, 1986 |
The whirr of the blender blades was gone, replaced Monday afternoon with the pounding of hammers and the screech of nails being wrenched from secure berths in the weathered clapboard of the now-defunct Orange Inn. The historic shanty, which dispensed fresh guava shakes and cottage-cheese-and-cucumber sandwiches on a barren stretch of Coast Highway for nearly two generations, was being dismantled board by board.
September 10, 1989 |
Recently we discussed how the Chinese make the most of vegetables, using the Fragrant Vegetable as a prime local example. But there's more to vegetarian cooking than mushrooms and mock meats. Health food chefs should get their act together about how they use grains. The things they serve now are a scandal: stodgy brown rice pilaf, sullen breads you could use as a doorstop, sludgy tabbouleh. Maybe (getting a little daring) a whole-wheat tortilla now and again. So go, health food chefs.
August 15, 2012 |
I was elbow deep in poultry, sweating, anxious, peering at the dense page of instructions in the book laid out before me. It was the first duck I'd ever tried to bone, and I was stuck. I might have remained there indefinitely, fingers frozen and numb deep in the carcass, were it not for reading what came next: "By the time you have completed half of this, the carcass frame, dangling legs, wings, and skin will appear to be an unrecognizable mass of confusion and you will wonder how in the world any sense can be made of it all. But just continue cutting against the bone, and not slitting any skin, and all will come out as it should.
August 10, 2009
'I'd like a myocardial infarction with extra pickles, a side of diabetes and a super-sized colon tumor, to go." That may not be what Americans are ordering when they pull up to the drive-in window at the local fast-food joint, but it's what an alarming number are getting. Obesity, and the serious health conditions that result, are rising sharply in the U.S., in part because portion sizes and fat content at restaurants are growing as fast as our waistlines. Food choices are a matter of individual preference and not something the government can or should oversee.
March 7, 2013 |
Timothy Hollingsworth, the 33-year-old chef de cuisine at the French Laundry , is moving to Los Angeles. But don't get your hopes too high. He doesn't have a restaurant planned - not yet, anyway. Hollingsworth announced in November that he would be leaving the Laundry in spring. At the time he told the San Francisco Chronicle's Paolo Lucchesi that he was playing with an idea of opening a more casual and popular type of restaurant, maybe even a spin on Mexican. He's still thinking about doing something like that, but first he's going to be working in video production.
April 22, 2004 |
Laura Kightlinger is an extreme hyphenate: producer, actress, stand-up comic and documentarian. In addition to her consulting producer duties on NBC's "Will & Grace," she has a recurring role as Nurse Sheila. Her documentary "60 Spins Around the Sun" is playing at festivals, and she's just finished a role in the movie "Kicking & Screaming" with Will Ferrell. She jokes that she and boyfriend Jack Black are "a couple in our 90s" and that she "tries to keep my cats' 16-hour sleep schedule."
July 24, 1996 |
Goodbye, Mrs. Gooch. The name of that Southern California pioneer of eating right, Sandy Gooch, disappears today from the signs of the natural food stores she sold three years ago to the fast-growing Whole Foods Markets chain out of Austin, Texas. The name change signals a shift in direction after a restructuring of the Southern California operation, which has most recently been known as Mrs. Gooch's Whole Foods.
January 24, 2010 |
Recently, a kid named Sandy Pukel, whom I haven't seen since high school, tracked me down through Facebook. Turns out he is no longer a kid (surprise!); in fact, he is a health food guru, and he mentioned he was running his annual Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise to the Caribbean. The idea tickled my funny bone, and pardon me if I mention the word "bone" in the context of vegan fare. The average cruiser is said to gain 7 to 10 pounds in a week by shoveling in food by the truckload; Sandy said that on his cruise, folks lose weight.