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The Horrors of “Eating Animals”

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Yesterday, at the gym, I had the TV turned to No Reservations. Anthony Bourdain was somewhere in Louisiana sampling local Cajun cuisine. In preparation for a community hog roast, a pig was shot and killed; then on camera, the still-quivering pig was shown bleeding out, […]

“In Defense of Food”: More Wise Words from Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” was horrifying and illuminating, exposing the nightmare of food industrialization and pointing out how little people know about what they’re putting into their bodies. That book captivated me in a big way. I’m late to the game, but I finally […]

Frank Bruni’s “Born Round”

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There were several things I didn’t know about Frank Bruni before reading his autobiographical book, Born Round: That he grew up in White Plains.  That he was hired in ’04 as the New York Times restaurant critic despite having no food writing experience.  That he’s […]

Beach Reading

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As a general rule of the beach, where there’s a crevice, sand will find its way into it. This applies to cars, bags, odd body parts and books. If you’ve got a book that you’re trying to keep in pristine condition, don’t bring it to […]

Julie & Julia: Another Streep Tour de Force?

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Meryl Streep!  Amy Adams!  Passion.  Ambition.  Butter.  Do you have what it takes? Am I describing Doubt 2: Nuns in the Kitchen?  Nope, I’m talking about Julie & Julia, a movie coming out this summer that should interest any food lover. (And I didn’t make up […]