Food Language And Small Aggressions

I caught myself. I was doing it. It was minor, but it was exactly the kind of thing that rankled me when others did it.

He had simply said "no" when offered coffee. And I had rudely asked "Oh, you don't drink coffee?"

He launched into a defense of the simple choice not to drink coffee at that time. 

How "Feminists" Alienate Women

Recently XOjane published an interesting article by "anonymous" titled UNPOPULAR OPINION: I Am A Feminist And I Don't Think We Need The Feminist Movement Anymore. I don't agree with all of it, but I think it has some great points. I wouldn't be surprised if the author is in her early twenties because it reminds me of something I would have written at that age. And the reactions to it are pretty telling:

Egg Freezing: A Sign Your Workplace Is A Dystopian HellHole

It's just too perfect. Facebook and Apple are offering its female employees free egg freezing. What a totally great way to get women interested in tech careers!

The New New Age Cavemen In The City: The media and the voices we amplify

I admit, I was going to write about how the latest NYtimes article on the "paleo" diet is much nicer to the people it features than the NYtimes article I was in four years ago. And I suspect it's because of the astonishing number of products the new article it features, signs that "paleo" is now an economic entity worthy of respect.

The Problem With Traditional Rainboots & Some Minimalist/Zero-Drop/Flexible Alternatives

Yesterday marked the first day in Chicago of cold autumn rain. And certainly not the last. Being an avid walker in all types of weather, that means I have to have footwear that can handle 

wet weather -- any kind of wet weather from hot rain to snow. Of course you can get rainboots anywhere, but traditional rainboots have some serious issues. 

Fitting Into My Clothes Again While Still Writing About Delicious Food

I had a choice to make: to buy new clothes or to lose the weight.

I'm lucky to have the choice to say no to "big food"

I was reading an article about P.R. companies recruiting "mommy bloggers" to shill for big food, something I have encountered personally. Through this blog and through my more mainstream food writing I've had plenty of contact with Public Relations professionals.

Cilantro Supposedly Tastes Like Soap To Me But I Love It

A couple of years ago there was a study that posited that a genetic variant was responsible for the fact that for some people cilantro (known as coriander leaves in some countries) is delicious and for others it tastes extremely bad. Many of the people in the latter group characterize the bad flavor as something like "soap." The study has been making the rounds again lately with this article.

Agribusiness And The Grassroots Food Movement

When I lived in NYC I was a member of a food swap group. The mission of the group was "To build community by sharing and trading homemade foods, recipes and tips." It involved bringing your homemade pickles or cookies or whatever you made and swapping it for someone else's homemade goodies. One of the people who runs it, Meg Paska, now runs a small farm.

Is Iodine Deficiency The Conscientious Gourmand's Disease?


Me shoveling seaweed in Scotland on the Isle of Mull, where it is used as a soil fertilizer and conditioner