July 7, 2004 |
Their recipes may be great but when it comes to preparing them with good hygiene in mind, the cooks on shows on the Canadian version of Food Network got failing grades from food-safety researchers at Canada's University of Guelph. As reported in the trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable, in about 80% of the 60 episodes reviewed, the chefs allowed raw meat to contaminate vegetables and other raw food.
January 4, 2008
Re "Choosing their lots in life," Column One, Dec. 31 I am dismayed by Steve Chawkins' assertion that homelessness and poverty are a choice. No one -- except perhaps the mentally ill or the wandering pseudo-hippie bohemians the author chose to feature as representative of the homeless auto dwellers -- is really happy with a "permanent berth on the asphalt." It is an anomaly to find any feasting on an "expensive raw-food diet" and wearing "all natural clothing." Chawkins puts the blame for homelessness all on the individual, "bad luck, bad choices, booze, drugs or mental illness," without a reproachful word for the economic system that actually creates the problem.
July 18, 2011 |
When Gabriel, a 10-year-old rescue cat from Chinatown, tucks into his morning meal, you won't see any Friskies or Meow Mix in his bowl. Ahi tuna and duck are more the ticket. "I think there's more than enough pesticides and chemicals and that kind of stuff in human food," says Gabriel's owner, Jason Lanum, on a recent expedition to the Urban Pet, a Los Angeles specialty pet store. "I eat natural food, and I don't see any reason why I shouldn't give it to my cat. " These days, our pets may be eating better than we are. Big-box pet stores and precious pet boutique shelves are increasingly stocked with gourmet edibles that are corn-free, wheat-free, locally sourced, byproduct-free, free-range, minimally processed and raw. Many come with homey, inviting labels, and some look palatable even for humans.
January 29, 2013 |
Chef moves where? Readers will sometimes write in about a restaurant that's been gone for 10 or more years, wondering what happened. Maybe they don't get out much, but even frequent restaurant-goers can get so distracted with all the new places opening that they miss the quiet slipping away of an old favorite. For anybody wondering what happened to French chef Jean-François Meteigner when he closed up La Cachette Bistro in Santa Monica in late 2011, the L'Orangerie alum is now cooking in - Vietnam !
July 15, 1988 |
America's trade deficit expanded only slightly in May and inflation remained moderate in June, the government said today, although analysts saw cause for inflation worry in a steep, drought-induced climb in wholesale food prices. The trade report sent the dollar soaring. The Commerce Department said the trade deficit rose to $10.9 billion in May from a revised $10.3 billion in April, but the number was still the second smallest in almost three years and well within economists' expectations.
March 30, 2009 |
A sweetener made from the juice of a Mexican cactus is an increasingly common ingredient in bottled teas, energy drinks, nutrition bars and desserts from health food stores. In just the last few years, agave syrup's popularity has soared: The number of agave products on the market more than tripled between 2003 and 2007, according to market analysis firm Data Monitor. This year, a major food manufacturer -- McCormick & Co. -- placed the syrup on its list of top 10 flavors for 2009.
June 7, 2011 |
And the winner is … the DASH diet! That eating plan, often recommended to help adults lower their blood pressure, topped more popular options in a ranking of 20 diets by U.S. News & World Report. The DASH diet, the magazine concluded, was the best overall. The magazine's panel of nutrition experts chose the government-approved Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension for, among other things, being nutritious, easy to follow and protecting against heart disease and perhaps diabetes.
September 6, 2007
Imperialist Romans, according to the contemporary gourmand Apicius, adored their feasts of stuffed sow's womb and honeyed wine, sometimes followed by purging to make room for more. In our overabundant times, it's the opposite: We're obsessed with cutting back calories, fats, entire food groups -- or eliminating food altogether. Below, some memorable moments in zealous eating and not-eating.
January 23, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are arguably the hottest couple in Hollywood. The parents of six can go to any restaurant they please. They could eat caviar and drink champagne for every meal if they chose. So what do their kids like to eat when they sit down for a snack? Fried crickets of course. That's right, the kids of these A-list actors like to chow down on little buggers. According to E!News , during a video shoot for Louis Vuitton's Core Values campaign, Jolie admitted that her sons' favorite snack is fried crickets.
February 7, 2011 |
Organic, raw and even gluten-free food choices aren't just for people anymore. These options are showing up at local pet shops that are looking to distinguish themselves from big-box competitors. After a slowdown in sales of premium-priced food during the recession, independent pet shops said the sector was recovering. At the Modern Dog, a boutique in a Venice bungalow, co-owner Lance Castro was looking to add two new brands of freeze-dried raw food and premium kibble to the seven he already sells.