Michael Pollan

  • Dining

    August 7, 2013

    The 10 Worst People in NYC Restaurants

    In the city's dining jungle, these beasts are the scariest

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Marion Nestle on Her History With Food Studies and the Future of Food Politics

    Look around New York City, and you will see hundreds of this town's young, hip denizens picking up a bundle of organic kale at their local farmers' markets while chatting about their rooftop beekeeping operations or basement brewing ventures. And many of those people are taking their hobbies one ste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Michael Pollan Launches $10K Food Journalism Fellowships at UC Berkeley

    Excellent news for food journalism: UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism is now offering five $10,000 fellowships a year, for early and mid-career journalists to travel and report longform stories on a range of food subjects, from nutritional policy and food science, to technology, culture, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    California Says No to Labels on Genetically Modified Food

    Food activists against "franken-food" will have to put a pause on taking down genetically modified products. Voters in California rejected Prop. 37, a law that if passed would have made California the first state to label processed food containing genetically modified ingredients. [See More: Mariju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Listen: Food Is the New Rock, You Eat What You Are

    Food Is the New Rock has a new podcast, and a recent episode features L.A.'s Jonathan Gold. There's a lot of fun food- and music-related chit chat, but the highlight has got to be when Gold mentions that his favorite blog in the world is The Hairpin.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2012

    Ethics of Eating Animals: NY Times Announces a Contest and FiTR Provides a Crib

    Tomorrow's New York Times Magazine jumps the shark and provides its readers with a moral challenge: Justify your consumption of meat with a 600 word essay. Of course, the dice are loaded, and anyone who favors meat - either actively or passively - has a long row to hoe. Arguments like "everyone does ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Michael Pollan-Inspired Stop-Animation Video

    Making the ideas in Michael Pollan's Food Rules extremely accessible as well as completely adorable might seem an impossible feat. But it has just been accomplished by two contestants in a competition held by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, who made a stop-animation video inspired b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    New Polls Reveal Americans Aren't Happy With Food System

    KB35, Flickr, CC​Is Michael Pollan's message sinking in? Are Americans finally tired of wolfing down government-subsidized Doritos (R.I.P. Arch West) and Big Macs? According to a new poll, the answer is an encouraging, although by no means overwhelming, yes. Recently, Mark Bittman pointed to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    A Fork in the Road Guide to Greenmarket Etiquette

    Robert Sietsema​ Farmers markets are a bit like inebriation: they have a way of amplifying the best and worst parts of one's personality, of shaving away pleasantries to reveal a certain hard nut of truth about human nature. And they're also like an open-air subway car, particularly on Saturd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Now That The Food Pyramid's Gone, Maybe the Food Label Will Follow

    Renee Walker​Earlier this summer, the USDA retired its food pyramid, which was getting a little long in the tooth, in favor of a food plate. And while it's been praised for its relative clarity and lack of crudely drawn livestock, the food nutrition label has continued to confuse people. But n ... More >>

  • Film

    June 8, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    Food Day 2011 Will Attempt to Get America to 'Eat Real'

    ​Since 1981, World Food Day has come around every October to increase awareness and understanding of hunger, and promote actions to alleviate it. But its scope is just so planetary, so mindful of countries that don't suffer from an overabundance of junk food, subsidized corn, and diabetic thir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Hard-Nosed Chefs Say The Customer Can Be Wrong; David Chang Heads to Canada

    ​The customer is not always right at restaurants like Zucco: Le French Diner, Spotted Pig, and Momofuku, where the house insists its food is served a certain way, no substitutions or alterations allowed. [NY Times] A new bill in California would ban the sale and possession of shark fins, incl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Yes, Foodies Are Ridiculous. But Then So Is B.R. Myers!

    B.R. Myers​In the March issue of The Atlantic, vegan, curmudgeon, North Korea expert, and animal-rights activist B.R. Myers goes after foodies in an article entitled "The Moral Crusade Against Foodies." I've got to admit, we've given him a very broad target. He begins by extracting damning q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Is Paula Deen Scary Enough to Be Your Halloween Costume? Um, That Would Be a Yes.

    Scary: Guy Fieri.​Stumped for a great Halloween costume this year? Check out CHOW's excellent gallery of food-celebrity costumes. Some are scary, like the Paula Deen, complete with lightning-white teeth. Others are just, well, awesome, like the purple-draped Alice Waters or slightly slutty Mic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Michael Pollan Endorses the $8 Dozen of Eggs

    Michael Pollan gets egg-cited.​In a Wall Street Journal interview, Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and, more recently, Food Rules, defends the $8 dozen of eggs:

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Chatting With Veggie Burgers Every Which Way's Lukas Volger About Bodega Vegans and Why So Many Veggie Burgers Suck

    Veggie Burger MadnessLukas Volger shows us a veggie burger.​Yesterday, we spoke with Lukas Volger about his new book, Veggie Burgers Every Which Way, in which he gives a long-needed make-over to the bête noire of vegetarian dining. Today in Part 2 of our interview, the author talks about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Chatting With Veggie Burgers Every Which Way's Lukas Volger About Reinventing the Bête Noire of Vegetarian Dining

    Veggie Burger MadnessLukas Volger displays one of his creations.​Even though it's generally accepted that vegetarian food has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past several years, veggie burgers by and large remain stuck in the herbivore ghetto. There's the Morningstar-Boca Burger contingen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Padma and Friends Declare Food Television Safe for Consumption

    Keith WagstaffCulinary types discuss culinary television programming.​Michael Pollan's New York Times article "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch" hung heavily over the "Food on the Tube: How TV Shapes the Way We Think About Food" talk Tuesday night at the 92nd Street Y. In attendance: Padma L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Chang, Pollan, Grandin Make the 2010 Time 100 List

    Jason Koski/Cornell UniversityTemple Grandin​Time has spit out its annual Time 100 list, and managed to make room on it for a few people concerned with what we put in our pie holes.

  • Film

    April 6, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern on Health Care, Salt, and the One Food He Won't Eat

    Ellen Silverman Photography​Yesterday, we talked to Michael Anthony, executive chef at Gramercy Tavern, about the James Beards, his most embarrassing kitchen moment, and the advent of ramps. Today, in the second half of the interview, find out how Anthony feels about health care, the mayor's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Fast Company Names Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food

    parttake/photobucketSome thumbs are greener than others.​Feeling green, perhaps, Fast Company has listed its 10 "Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food," including farmers, chefs, and urban planners. (Unsurprisingly, a certain organic supermarket chain CEO is noticeably absent from the list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Hardcore Homemakers Make Locavorism a Feminist Cause

    Femivorism: homemaking for the hardcore.​Has Michael Pollan given women a way to be feminists and stay-at-home moms at the same time? A movement described as "femivorism" involves women who stay at home -- not only to care for their families, but also to grow their own produce, can their prese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Moby Chews on Some Gristle

    ​Being New York's most recognizable bald vegan just wasn't enough for Moby, who's now added "anthology editor" to his list of accomplishments. The musician and Teany co-founder has just edited (with Miyun Park) Gristle, a collection of essays about meat.

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    There's Poo In Your Coke; Smoky Foods May Be Toxic

    ​Curtis Allina, the candy company executive responsible for the modern Pez dispenser, has died at age 87. The former vice-president of what is now Pez Candy helped develop the first character dispensers, which became highly collectible. [NY Times] A recent study reveals that nearly half of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2009

    The Pollan/Safran Foer Effect: Even 'Bones' Gets Food Political

    Books like Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals and the Michael Pollan oeuvre aren't just turning vegetarian starlets into hardcore vegans. Their message of the evils of factory farming may also be reaching mainstream television audiences across the country via such innocuous shows as FOX's foren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Michael Pollan's New Food Rules

    The New York Times Magazine's food issue is coming out this weekend, but some of the content is online now, like the cover story on Jamie Oliver's project to make fat Americans slim down. Then Michael Pollan weighs in, as he is wont to do, with some new rules on how to eat. But these aren't actuall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Michael Pollan on American Obesity and the Healthcare Debate; Tavern on the Green Files for Bankruptcy

    ​Following last night's speech by President Obama on healthcare reform, Michael Pollan pens an op-ed pointing to the "elephant in the room" of the health-care debate: the way Americans eat. [NY Times] Tavern on the Green has officially filed Chapter 11, listing assets and liabilities of as mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    'Bacon Is Good for Me': The Remix

    Remember that episode of Wife Swap where the chubby, angry Southern kid goes apeshit when his new health-nut mom tries to take away his bacon? Behold: the remix. The kid's "bacon is good for me" catchphrase provides the refrain, spliced with shots of bacon pie, a Bacon Explosion, and Kevin Bacon. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Island Snacks Recall; Industry Bigwigs Bid Cafe des Artistes Adieu

    ​The latest food safety scare involves a snack mix made by Snack King Foods in Rochester called Island Snacks Natures Mix. The product, sold at Kmart, is being recalled due to the detection of undeclared sulfites during routine tests. [Forbes] BlackBook rounds up the best comfort food spots ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    New Food Safety Laws Passed; Philippe Sends Spies to Mr. Chow's

    ​The Cove, a tense new Sundance award-winning documentary about a town in Japan where thousands of wild dolphins are captured for marine amusement parks or slaughtered for food, opens in select theaters today. [Reuters] The House of Representatives passed new food safety legislation yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Michael Pollan on Julia Child and Our Culinary End of Days

    The imminent release of Julie & Julia has so far launched about five thousand articles, and this weekend, Michael Pollan will bring us one more. The film has inspired Pollan to pen over 8,000 words in the New York Times Magazine about, among other thing, the rise of cooking as a spectator sport, ... More >>

  • Film

    June 10, 2009

    Dying to Eat in Food Inc.

    Doc to America's food industry:  You're killing us!

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Michael Pollan on the Colbert Report

    The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cMichael Pollancolbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorGay Marriage The Colbert Report was food-centric last night, including Colbert dining and dashing on the ridiculous $1000 sundae at Serendipity, and this interview with Michael Po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Earth Day Prompts Green Talk; Big Ag No Fan of White House Garden

    A new study shows that the more choice we have, the more likely we are to opt for unhealthy foods. Fries or salad? Er, what do you think? [CBC] Michelle Obama has incurred the wrath of Big Agriculture by aligning herself with the locavore movement. The Mid-America CropLife Association (MACA) wrote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Another Food Scare: Now it's Pistachios

    More fodder for those who believe the FDA needs a total overhaul--another food recall! This time, it's pistachios. The recall involves one million pounds of the nuts, possibly contaminated with salmonella, produced by Setton Pistachios in California. The FDA recommends avoiding all pistachios and pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Grocery Auctions & Dinner Deals

    More people are cooking at home instead of eating out, but they aren't exactly thrilled about it, according to a recent study. More of us doubted the safety of supermarket food last year compared to how we felt about it four years previous, back in the blissfully innocent days before poisonous peanu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    The Food Bubble: Pop!

    Pop!The Times has an interesting article today comparing the restaurant industry to the real estate and financial sectors--there was a bubble, and yes, it burst. The article cites New York Department of Labor stats that show the restaurant industry gained 50,000 jobs in the last seven years, only to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Forbes Liberal Media List Includes Andrew Sullivan, Oprah

    Forbes notices that these creatures called liberals may have some influence in this Age of Obama, and dispatches Wall Street Journal conservative Tunku Varadarajan and others to compile a list of "The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media." These include Kevin Drum (without the hated name o ... More >>

  • Art

    September 3, 2008
  • Columns

    May 6, 2008
  • News

    June 3, 2003

    They Shoot Journos, Don't They?

    CPJ Calls Hotel Palestine Deaths Avoidable

  • Books

    July 30, 2002

    Toxic to the Tongue

    How Big Business Feeds You Hazardous Food

  • News

    March 19, 2002

    Feeding Frenzy

    From Celebrity Chefs to Gourmet Guerrillas, Americans Confront the Hazards of the Food World

  • Books

    January 15, 2002
  • News

    October 5, 1999

    Chasing the Dragon

    Time Warner Goes to China and Gets Shanghaied by Its Hosts

  • News

    September 21, 1999

    Exit Stage Right

    Press Winks As Starr Tries To Dodge Accountability

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