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Food literacy, culture and history

Why I love 100 Days of Real Food. Plus 10 (non-food!) questions for Lisa Leake.

October 18, 2014

I don’t remember how I first found Lisa Leake’s blog, 100 Days of Real Food, but I do distinctly remember thinking, “this girl is going to change a lot of lives.” This was several years ago, and I’d been blogging myself for about a year, during which time I’d become well-acquainted with the food blogosphere. […]

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In case you want to listen…

October 7, 2014

Here’s the link for the radio broadcast I mentioned yesterday. We covered a lot more than Halloween and candy: modern food culture, crazy ingredients, education vs. restriction, skinny doesn’t mean healthy, “it’s just one night” (not), helicopter parenting, the nanny state. Good times. And a great discussion. Worth a listen even if you don’t live in Rochester. […]

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I’m alive. And on the radio. Discussing candy.

October 6, 2014

Wow. Four months. When I abruptly stopped blogging mid-June, I knew I’d be on hiatus a little bit. We’d decided to move. I had a big writing project in the works. We’d started tossing around the idea of homeschooling. So I knew blogging would take a backseat temporarily. I was thinking a month, max. Then […]

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Have you ever listened to yourself talk?

March 25, 2014

The day after the Super Bowl, I was in a class at the gym, surrounded by fit, healthy women of all shapes and ages. This class kicks our butts every week. It challenges us, makes us feel strong. It’s exhilarating. Except, that day, this happened: As we were gathering equipment and then warming up, the instructor […]

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So many reasons to love maple season

February 25, 2014

Fake maple syrup bums me out. And not only because it rarely contains real maple. (Most brands are a mix of high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial flavors.) It’s because maple syrup is perfect just as it is. Naturally sweet, it also retains trace vitamins and minerals, even antioxidants. It’s still sugar, so let’s not […]

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The mom label

February 20, 2014

This list is making the rounds this week. It features some remarkable food activists, including a couple I count as friends and colleagues. And it was developed with input from another colleague who is a champion of activism and reform at every level. And I don’t want what I’m about to say to diminish them or their […]

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Enough with the kid food

October 11, 2013

When Lunchables alone are a $1 billion dollar business, you know the concept of  “kid food” is out of control. When children’s menus and kid parties offer nothing but junk as the (accepted) default, when veggies are something to be hidden and endured, and “picky eater” is a national bonding cry, you know we’ve all lost our everloving minds. […]

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Facing our food

June 24, 2013

Read any advice on raising good eaters and you’ll see some variation of “involve kids in growing food.” Conventional wisdom tells us this is because children are more likely to try something they’ve grown (or picked), enticed by the intimacy and novelty of it all. And it’s true, if not an actual guarantee. But there […]

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Teaching your kids about food will not cause eating disorders

May 17, 2013

There’s a dangerous thread running through the national conversation about kids and food, and it is this: If you talk to your kids about food, if you teach them to understand ingredients and to actually think about what they eat — and, heaven forbid, you actually limit junk food — you are setting them up for, at best, rebellion-fueled binges, or, at […]

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Thoughts on being rude

February 1, 2013

I knew this post was risky. I knew not everyone would agree with how I chose to handle a drink situation at a recent birthday party my daughter attended. I even was prepared to be called things like “preachy,” “condescending” and “judgmental.” I was prepared for that response because, even though I’m none of those things, that comes with […]

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