Gourmandistan has nothing against salt—we use it liberally on and in all kinds of things, and enjoy a nice salt crust on a steak or roasted chicken. What we don’t like is big business hiding it—especially when also hiding how crappy processed food really is. This story deals with how the food industry wants to divert attention from a reasonable request to cut the amount of salt in food, and why they don’t want to do it. Here’s a sample […]
Sigh. Another illusion shattered. Perhaps we should start drinking Tang®—it may be more honest. From the article: “[R]aw juice is often heated, stripped of its volatile compounds and flavor-rich oils, and stored for as long as a year before it reaches the consumer. Something called “the flavor pack” is used to return most of the “natural” aroma and taste to the product…” Squeezed: The Secrets of the Orange Juice Industry | Food & Think.
We are not fans of factory farming here in Gourmandistan, but we’d like to think our reasons (suffering of birds and workers, awful products, massive rivers of animal shit) are a little more reality-based than those of Bolivia’s president. His heart seems to be in the right place, but the dude definitely needs more science. Gay and bald? Evo Morales thinks you ate too much chicken | News | guardian.co.uk.
We have chickens, and we’re not opposed to getting rid of some of them. (Michelle is vigorously lobbying for quick dispatch of the horrid-looking Houdans.) Now Sue Lowden, one of the current crop of crazy people masquerading as Republican candidates, thinks we should trade our chickens for health care—instead of demeaning ourselves with the just-passed health insurance reform. From CBS News: Sue Lowden, a Republican Senate hopeful in Nevada, has been widely mocked for earlier this week stating that, “before […]
Gourmandistan’s “Best Baguette” award is held in semi-perpetuity by Blue Dog Bakery, and we would love to see this kind of competition fostered across America. Instead of “American Idol,” can we have “American Baguette?” In receiving the award, Mr. Bodian earned 4,000 euros and the title of “Mr. President’s Baker” — every year, the winner of the annual contest earns the privilege of baking bread for the president of France; starting this month Mr. Bodian’s bread will be served at […]