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 much as $50 million each. The lease on the site of the second-highest-grossing restaurant in the U.S. last year was awarded to restaurateur Dean Poll last month. [Bloomberg]

City Chicks: Keeping Micro-Flocks of Laying Hens as Garden Helpers, Compost Makers, Bio-Recyclers and Local Food Suppliers is a book by Patricia Foreman, a pharmacist and author from Lexington, Virginia, about how to keep chickens in an urban environment. [NY Times]

Saffron has reached prices of some $200 per ounce. The sought-after spice is now being sourced by chefs, like heritage meats and heirloom vegetables, and some are even building their recipes around it rather than merely adding it to dishes. [Wall Street Journal]


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