December 22, 2014 |
At the start of the life-or-death competition in the Hunger Games series, the contestants are presented with a cornucopia teeming with tools for their survival. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, is warned to steer clear. As much as she needs the resources, charging into the stockpile will put her in the throes of a savage competition for dominance. Those seeking the keys to a healthy diet these days face a similar predicament. Decades of studies have produced vast stores of data about the foods and nutrients likely to enhance and extend life.
December 19, 2014 |
The holiday season is a time when I want to impress friends and family with a special meal, but I don't want to miss all the fun and socializing and arrive at the table sweaty and exhausted. Since I want the meal to register a notch above a typical supper, I've learned it's best to plan a menu that can be prepared largely ahead of time, with a few quick trips to the kitchen during cocktail hour. Rich, indulgent ingredients like red meat, red wine, cream, and chocolate can make the simplest dishes taste extraordinary, and they're the perfect way to savor a celebratory meal during a cold, dark winter evening.
April 11, 2014
JEB BUSH made some very provocative comments about immigration the other day. They were red meat for a conservative base that thinks in broad brushstrokes about foreigners. Actually, they were more like a bullfighter's red cape, or scarlet blood in the water. Commenting on the wave of illegal bodies present in our country, this brother of one compassionate conservative president and son of another observed: "The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally, they come to our country because their families - the dad who loved their children - was worried that their children didn't have food on the table.
November 1, 2013 |
And for the next big act debuting soon on the Avenue of the Arts: Dinner in 16 one-bite acts? "The stage is set for Iron Chef Jose Garces," touts a blue banner draped across the Spruce Street flank of the Kimmel Center, where the marquee restaurant called Volvér is under construction for an opening by the end of the year. That the Kimmel Center is trying again to house a serious restaurant is only part of the story. The first attempt 11 years ago failed miserably with Cadence - the second-floor venue doomed by high prices, inconsistent cooking, and even more sporadic hours.
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Imagine the Department of Education pushing an idea called "Teacherless Tuesday," or the Department of Homeland Security suggesting "Fenceless Friday. " The Department of Agriculture, promoter of all things edible, had a plan this week in an in-house newsletter to promote "Meatless Mondays" in the vast bureaucracy's employee cafeterias. Meatless Monday is a global campaign backed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and others to reduce the possible health risks of eating too much meat.
June 21, 2012 |
Here is an excerpt from the blog "My Daughter's Kitchen. " My daughter says she has not completely abandoned the blog, but she has certainly not been cooking, taking a few weeks before she starts medical school to visit friends, go to the beach, and do a lot of nothing. So, I've implored my son to take a crack at this cooking thing. Sally had a preference for learning a lot of vegetarian dishes, or meals centered on fish or chicken. While Tim's favorite meals are more meat-centric, everyone in the family loves crabcakes, so I thought that would be a recipe he was eager to learn.
May 30, 2012 |
Asked about the latest study from the public health experts at Harvard who say eating red meat regularly probably trims a half-dozen years off your life expectancy, Stephen Verica sniffs dismissively. "Basically," he says, "whoever has the research grant has to earn his money. " Verica, owner of Kissin Fresh Meats, is an unapologetic, unabashed, unreformed carnivore. "I eat beef or veal and pasta seven days a week," he says. "It's the way I was raised. " Let the experts carp about the dangers of heme iron intake and the increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and cancer.
March 29, 2012 |
As if we needed another reason to eat our veggies, here's one: According to a new Harvard School of Public Health study, eating red meat increases your risk of early death. OK, here's one more: Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, recently warned that antibiotic resistance could bring about "the end of modern medicine as we know it. " In other words, if the hamburgers don't kill you, the superbugs spawned on factory farms will. Analyzing nearly 30 years of data collected from 121,000 participants, the Harvard researchers found that people who eat red meat regularly are significantly more likely to die prematurely from various causes, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
March 19, 2012
The more red meat you eat, the greater your disease risk Eating red meat is associated with a sharply increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease, according to a new study, and the more of it you eat, the greater the risk. The analysis, published online in Archives of Internal Medicine, used data from two studies that involved 121,342 men and women who filled out questionnaires about health and diet from 1980 through 2006. People who ate more red meat were less physically active and more likely to smoke and had a higher body mass index, researchers found.
June 23, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Blame the potato chip. It's the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study has found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream. And the reason is partly that old advertising cliche: You can't eat just one. "They're very tasty and they have a very good texture," said obesity expert F. Xavier Pi-Sunyer, of the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, in New York. "People generally don't take one or two chips. They have a whole bag. " What we eat and how much of it we consume has far more impact than exercise and most other habits do on long-term weight gain, according to the study by Harvard University scientists.