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Hmmm…. Since the popularization of beef tartare in the 1950s and sushi in the 1980s, raw animal products have been a widely accepted luxury item in the US. But historically, raw pork was seldom, if ever, seen on menus, even in the most adventurous of nose-to-tail restaurants. In fact, there’s no other non-poultry meat that […]
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Oysters

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On April 9, 2016
Delicious and interesting! Life isn’t easy for a tiny baby oyster. Because they are so small and defenseless without a fully formed shell, oyster babies are often gobbled up by other marine life. To ensure the survival of their species, oysters respond to this threat by ejaculating ungodly numbers of sperm and eggs into the […]

On Peeps

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On March 25, 2016

It’s always good to have a union-based holiday. So here’s a list of union-made candy, usefully provided by UFCW. Support your brothers and sisters by shopping union-made this Easter! pic.t

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African Influences

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On February 18, 2016
This very interesting profile of the culinary scholar Michael Twitty reinforces one key point for any reader–that African influences on the United States are basically still ignored. African-American influences on white culture aren’t per se, but specifically African influences on American society as a whole really do not get discussed in meaningful ways. So how […]

Know Your Enemy

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On February 17, 2016

It’s always nice when your enemies lay out the terms of engagement so starkly. I am naturally enough talking about defenders of ketchup. I will cling to my gigantic Heinz ketchup until the end.

The Pull of Pollo

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On February 8, 2016

I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, but one that I do like is Gravy, the podcast of the Southern Foodways Alliance. This podcast on how the chicken industry has utterly transformed Springdale,

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What is Cultural Appropriation?

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On January 27, 2016
I found the comments to yesterday’s post on cultural appropriation bizarre. That’s because many commenters do not seem to have a functional definition of cultural appropriation. There were multiple versions of comments like, “I eat Mexican food so are you accusing me of culturally appropriating Mexican food?” Um, no. This all reminded of the housing […]

Ag-Gag

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On January 20, 2016

One of the most pernicious right-wing goals, and I know the competition for this title is really stiff, are the so-called ag-gag bills agribusiness are pushing in the states. These bills would make it

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