Barry Estabrook

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    November 12, 2014

    See Food Chains, and Then Join the CIW's Tomato-Pickers Cause

    After being locked in the back of a U-Haul truck, Mariano Lucas Domingo saw a literal light at the end of the tunnel -- he punched his way through a small opening in the roof and freed himself. An illegal immigrant from Guatemala, Domingo expected to make about $200 a week picking tomatoes in Immoka ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Is Caviar Vegetarian?

    It all started with a tweet. In touting a pleasing omnibus collection of bread dips at Balkanika, I described it as: "My favorite vegetarian (and nearly vegan) meal of the last few months," having forgotten that the small bowl of taramosalata in the center contained fish eggs. Luckily, Michael Hoff ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Pixar Artist's Nude 'Banana Girl' and the Tomato as Political Symbol

    I'm thinking about fruits as political symbols because of the Occupy Wall Street protesters I observed yesterday. There were some big crowds in Bryant Park in the morning and hundreds of protesters marched for the rights of immigrant workers in the U.S.--many of them carried images of the tomato as ... More >>

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    June 15, 2011

    David Chang Weighs In On El Bulli; Smucker's Acquires Cuban Favorite Cafe Bustelo

    ​ Barry Estabrook exposes modern tomato fields as "ground zero for modern-day slavery." [Gilt Taste] David Chang, Dan Barber and other famous chefs weigh in on the legacy of Ferran Adria and his soon-to-be-closed restaurant El Bulli. [NY Times]

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    May 18, 2011

    Gilt Taste Launches, Selling Meat the Price of Your Mortgage and More!

    Gilt Taste / Marcqui AkinsRuth Reichl tweets sadly not featured​Gilt Taste, the epicurean arm of luxe Gilt Groupe, launched today, offering both an online marketplace for specialty foodstuffs and an online magazine led by Editorial Advisor Ruth Reichl (formerly of Gourmet) and Features Editor ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    IACP Cookbook and Media Award Finalists Announced

    IACP​It's the foodie awards season, and IACP just announced the finalists for its prestigious annual cookbook and journalism awards. Over 500 entries were submitted for consideration in this year's cookbook awards categories, with 52 books in 17 categories selected as finalists via a rigorous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Haddock Stages a Comeback

    ​Today, some excellent news for both the Atlantic Ocean and fish 'n' chip fanatics: haddock has returned to the East Coast.

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    June 1, 2010

    Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas Both On Dark Side of Sci-Fi Alfalfa Fight

    Alfalfa: Not yet genetically modifiedThe U.S. Supreme Court, which has nearly hacked Miranda to death, may very well swing its scythe at environmentalists and consumers. The court's making noises as if it will strike down the current ban on Monsanto's genetically engineered, pesticide-resistant alfa ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Following in Jim Leff's Footsteps, Mark Bittman Now Has a Slog

    Markbittman.comMark Bittman and friend.​A year in the making, Mark Bittman's re-launched earlier today, not as a blog or a website, but as a slog.

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    March 22, 2010

    Beard Awards Media and Journalism Finalists Are Announced

    The man himself.​The James Beard Foundation is announcing its James Beard Awards finalists via Twitter this morning. The list of chefs has just started rolling out (currently, regional finalists are being named), but the list of final nominees for the foundation's Media and Journalism Awards a ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    Florida's Modern-Day Slavery Museum Spotlights Plight of Florida Farm Laborers

    yomi955/FlickrDuring the winter, the product of modern-day slavery.​Though it's unlikely to compete for crowds with Disneyworld, the Modern-Day Slavery Museum may be Florida's most important new attraction. Barry Estabrook, who wrote a haunting and horrifying story about slavery in Florida's ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    An American Corporation May Be Responsible for Swine Flu Outbreak

    Writing in, Barry Estabrook reports that an American corporation with a mega-hog farm in Veracruz state may be responsible for the swine flu outbreak. Sanitary conditions at this type of hog farm are notoriously sketchy, and Mexican authorities have accused Smithfield Farms, a ... More >>