"Cooking For One" Is Kind Of Like, Well, Regular Cooking

Lately, "cooking for one" is "a hot topic" that food magazines and cookbooks are covering with patronizing gusto. A piece » 11/19/08 2:40pm 11/19/08 2:40pm in the offers a slew of practical tips on the joys of freezing and shopping and cooking in bulk, all of them good. (And many of which the 'belles had ) But the real issue probably isn't how to…

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman: Or, Women Like Eating Fish In Mint Green Rooms

FYI: You like meat. But you kind of feel bad about it, so menus have to trick you into ordering it. Oh, and you're really sensitive to harsh lighting, too. What, you didn't know? Well, according to the Times » 10/08/08 5:00pm 10/08/08 5:00pm, every restauranteur does: it all comes out in a piece on the often "laughably clichéd" differences —…

4 Ways To Get Your Kids To Eat Healthy Without Giving Them Eating…

Yesterday's post equating Barack Obama embarrassing his daughter Malia with his firm handshakes of her ten-year-old peers with my dad's own litany of mortifyingly weird habits alerted me to another unexploited parallel between my parents and the Obamas: Michelle Obama's control over Malia's caloric intake as told to… » 7/09/08 3:00pm 7/09/08 3:00pm

John Prescott's Ugly Common Person's Guide To Coping With Eating…

Remember that deputy Prime Minister who resigned two years ago with Tony Blair only to resurface a year and a half later with a memoir about his decades-long struggle with bulimia? The British press sure does! And while coverage of this confession has generally fallen into the category of "merciless mockfest", an… » 6/19/08 1:00pm 6/19/08 1:00pm

I Would Do Anything For Love But I Won't Cook That

I've never been a fan of "foodie-ism" or really, any cultural movement that muddles art/commerce/housework to the detriment of the public good (i.e. fashion, blogging) but this food blogger I met recently, Michele, is maybe the Joan Didion to my Bill Buckley on these matters. (She also dresses well.) These cupcakes… » 5/29/08 12:45pm 5/29/08 12:45pm

The Sorrows Of Young Werther's Originals: Or, Why Artifical Sweeteners…

Dear Leslie, Congrats on the publication of your essay In Defense Of Saccharin in the Black Warrior Review. You're a hell of a writer; I totally get what Harvard/Iowa/whatever dude you wrote this essay to get over saw in you. So it sorta kills me to say that you're wrong. It doesn't sound particularly counterintuitive… » 5/28/08 4:30pm 5/28/08 4:30pm