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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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]
Gilt Taste / Marcqui AkinsRuth Reichl tweets sadly not featuredGilt 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 >>
IACPIt'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 >>
Today, some excellent news for both the Atlantic Ocean and fish 'n' chip fanatics: haddock has returned to the East Coast.
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 >>
Markbittman.comMark Bittman and friend.A year in the making, Mark Bittman's markbittman.com re-launched earlier today, not as a blog or a website, but as a slog.
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 >>
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 >>
Writing in gourmet.com, 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 >>