California State Senator Ted Lieu wrote a letter asking the USDA to investigate the use of meat glue in the beef and restaurant industry. The American Meat Institute’s Janet Riley says her organization called Lieu’s office to ask him to stop using the term “meat glue.” Memo to Janet Riley: the only way to stop… Read more »
Vegan Cooking for Carnivores just got another big push to a mass audience. Portia de Rossi and Roberto Martin appeared on The Today Show this morning to cook Roberto’s fried chicken recipe. Roberto’s idea of using rice paper as the “skin” for vegan chicken is incredibly creative. Considering that the show typically has almost six million… Read more »
A beautifully written Los Angeles Times story from Tiffany Hsu and Ricardo Lopez. The piece fades about two-thirds through with some annoying digressions but ends strong. I love this quote from beef historian Maureen Ogle, about how the beef industry dealt with the pink slime media debacle: They did exactly what they always do, which is… Read more »
Did they ever pick a stinker. The winning essay begins: As a vegetarian who returned to meat-eating… Then comes about 550 words of blather, culminating with this infuriating conclusion: For me, eating meat is ethical when one does three things. First, you accept the biological reality that death begets life on this planet and that… Read more »
The movement to keep foie gras legal in California just got a stake driven through its heart. The San Francisco Chronicle reports: California’s legislative leaders said Wednesday they will not help a group of chefs who want to overturn an impending foie gras ban. Good deal. Fuck those people. This loathsome bid wouldn’t have gotten… Read more »
The Oregonian reporter offers up his recipes for Lemon-Basil Greek Orzo Salad, Mexican Black Bean Pasta Salad, and Minestrone Pasta Salad. Here’s his accompanying article. Now that the weather’s warming up, a pasta salad is a perfect dish to add to your cooking rotation.
In the wake of last month’s mad cow discovery in California, the Consumers Union has just publicly asked the USDA to ban several risky cattle feeding practices—specifically brains, blood, and poultry litter. Agribusiness newspaper Feedstuff’s has a distorted take on things: FDA currently prohibits such materials from older cows, but not from younger ones. The reason… Read more »
If only Michael Pollan could think things through with half the care that Adam Merberg does. Link.
The Farm Bill is a thicket of corruption and wasted money. Kari Hamerschlag has the best short breakdown of the bill that I’ve seen: Without the efforts of Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the chair of the committee, the bill would have been even worse, but as it is, the proposal will continue to give away… Read more »
Compassion Over Killing announced this morning: For the first time in its 10-year history, the Grilled Cheese Invitational (CGI), hosted at the Pasadena Rose bowl on April 28, handed out an award for a vegan sandwich. First-time competitor vegan chef Gwendolyn Mathers, who works for and was entered by non-profit animal protection organization Compassion Over Killing (COK), took home… Read more »