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Good Garlic, Bad Garlic

November 1, 2015
By Ari
Good Garlic, Bad Garlic

The problem with buying garlic at the store is this: the varieties that growers like to grow are not the kinds of garlic that people would choose to cook with, if they had a choice. But most people don’t realize they have a choice, because inferior garlic is all they’ve ever known. The distinction...

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The Mayo Wars Heat Up

November 1, 2015
By Ari
The Mayo Wars Heat Up

They say the wars of the future will be fought over water, and recent years have definitely made that seem possible. But a major war is being waged right now, about something thicker than water, thicker than blood, and white as the fallen snow. Mayonnaise. And the problem seems to be that nobody knows...

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The Correct Answer is Green

November 1, 2015
By Ari
The Correct Answer is Green

  The New Mexican diet revolves around two colors of pepper-or chile, as it’s called down there. Red chile is the fully ripened form of the pod, and is usually dried and made into a sauce. Green, or unripe chile, is typically fire-roasted and added to food in either whole or chopped form. Ordering...

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Some supposedly healthy foods that can wreck you

November 1, 2015
By Ari
Some supposedly healthy foods that can wreck you

One would think that, as research on diet and health continues to pile up, we might start inching toward consensus about what is good to eat, and what isn’t. But in many cases the opposite is happening. We can’t even agree on the essential goodness or badness of basic macronutrients like fat or carbohydrates,...

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Totally Tomatoes

November 1, 2015
By Ari
Totally Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the locavore’s original talking point. No other fruit or vegetable is as starkly inferior to its local counterpart as a long-distance tomato, most of which are picked green and gassed with ethylene to turn red. Even the most committed industrial agriculture supporter, with his quiver full of calculations about the economics of...

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The Coca-Cola Conspiracy

November 1, 2015
By Ari

Sales of sugary soda drinks on a ten-year skid, thanks to a growing consensus of health researchers fingering sugary beverages as the primary culprits behind obesity. Soft drink makers are in a full-blown crisis, and like a cornered animal that becomes more dangerous, Coca Cola’s PR tactics have become increasingly desperate and insidious. A...

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How Locavores Will Destroy the World

November 1, 2015
By Ari
How Locavores Will Destroy the World

In the last twenty years, the amount of local foods consumed in the American diet has tripled, according to USDA, and now comprises two percent of food consumed in the U.S. As with anything that’s popular, some have seen fit to tear it down. Why do they do this? Do they find the locavores...

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broccoli stem cookery

November 1, 2015
By Ari
broccoli stem cookery

I used to grumble at grocery stores that sell broccoli heads shaped like lollipops, in which tiny crowns sit atop lanky, woody stems. I have even gone so far as to break those stems off, right there in the produce aisle, and leave them in the cooler while I only purchased the heads. And...

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Wasted Generation

November 1, 2015
By Ari
Wasted Generation

Ron Clark is no stranger to food waste. After more than 20 years of working to supply fresh produce to California’s food banks, he knows every point along the route from farm to table where produce leaves the human food chain to be ploughed under, composted, fed to animals, or buried in a landfill....

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How, and how not, to bargain at the farmers market

August 24, 2015
By Ari
How, and how not, to bargain at the farmers market

It’s good to be able to drive a hard bargain. When buying a used snowboard on Ebay, for example, or attempting to stay out of a corrupt policeman’s car in some foreign city, with only $50 in your pocket. On such occasions, one should negotiate with all of the cunning one can muster. But...

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