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Food in the News: Food Waste, Channing Tatum, the Case Against “Ethnic Food”, and more…

Did you know that pigs can beat three-year-old humans at video games? Or that despite their reputation as lethargic creatures, domestic pigs have an average 11mph running speed?

Did you know that up to 40 percent of the food produced in the US never gets eaten?

Reading can make a fool like me sound smart, no? This weekend I started reading Pig Tales by Barry Estabrook. So far it’s entertaining me with fun pig facts, but beyond that, it’s also nudging me to reflect on my own behavior as a bacon consumer.

Food has been in the news, and I wanted to share a few articles that have come to my attention recently. I figure if you visit Restaurant Baby, you probably enjoy reading about food. And who wouldn’t? From the few articles below it’s clear–food is personal, and political, and our relationship with it speaks volumes about who we are as individuals and a society.

(1) John Oliver digs into the American phenomenon of food waste and hunger. A serious issue, and yet somehow he is able to successfully bring Channing Tatum’s six pack into the matter…

(2)  A WaPo op-ed on why we should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’, ‘exotic’, and my favorite, ‘adventure eating’.

(3) A personal essay on how we home-cooks can be our biggest critics, and the process of owning our imperfections.

(4) Americans are eating less ‘finally’, reports the NYTimes, in the first piece of their series ‘Scaling Back’, which explores Americans’ evolving eating habits.

(5) In this audio, the sounds of an everyday supermarket is transformed into a musical accompaniment to funny and poignant stories from the people that work there.

(6) This New Yorker cartoon is about one of my favorite greens. I love the earthy, complex flavor of kale, but I do not like kale chips, and I am not the only one.

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