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