In which a group of graying eternal amateurs discuss their passions, interests and obsessions, among them: movies, art, politics, evolutionary biology, taxes, writing, computers, these kids these days, and lousy educations.

E-Mail Donald
Demographer, recovering sociologist, and arts buff

E-Mail Fenster
College administrator and arts buff

E-Mail Francis
Architectural historian and arts buff

E-Mail Friedrich
Entrepreneur and arts buff
E-Mail Michael
Media flunky and arts buff

We assume it's OK to quote emailers by name.

Try Advanced Search

  1. Seattle Squeeze: New Urban Living
  2. Checking In
  3. Ben Aronson's Representational Abstractions
  4. Rock is ... Forever?
  5. We Need the Arts: A Sob Story
  6. Form Following (Commercial) Function
  7. Two Humorous Items from the Financial Crisis
  8. Ken Auster of the Kute Kaptions
  9. What Might Representational Painters Paint?
  10. In The Times ...

Sasha Castel
AC Douglas
Out of Lascaux
The Ambler
Modern Art Notes
Cranky Professor
Mike Snider on Poetry
Silliman on Poetry
Felix Salmon
Polly Frost
Polly and Ray's Forum
Stumbling Tongue
Brian's Culture Blog
Banana Oil
Scourge of Modernism
Visible Darkness
Thomas Hobbs
Blog Lodge
Leibman Theory
Goliard Dream
Third Level Digression
Here Inside
My Stupid Dog
W.J. Duquette

Politics, Education, and Economics Blogs
Andrew Sullivan
The Corner at National Review
Steve Sailer
Joanne Jacobs
Natalie Solent
A Libertarian Parent in the Countryside
Rational Parenting
Colby Cosh
View from the Right
Pejman Pundit
God of the Machine
One Good Turn
Liberty Log
Daily Pundit
Catallaxy Files
Greatest Jeneration
Glenn Frazier
Jane Galt
Jim Miller
Limbic Nutrition
Innocents Abroad
Chicago Boyz
James Lileks
Cybrarian at Large
Hello Bloggy!
Setting the World to Rights
Travelling Shoes

Redwood Dragon
The Invisible Hand
Daze Reader
Lynn Sislo
The Fat Guy
Jon Walz


Our Last 50 Referrers

« Non-Retro Jaguar Concept | Main | Political Linkage »

January 25, 2007

Food Linkage

Michael Blowhards writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Would you like some cleavage with that latte?

* Obesity rates in France have doubled in recent years. To blame: television, soda pop, crazy work hours, and junk food.

* The snobs may sneer at her, but the real people back home think the world of perky Food Network star Rachael Ray. I'm a Rachael fan myself. She may overdo the grins and giggles, but if her show helps real people class their eating lives up a bit, why not be forgiving? As an eternal-beginner cook myself, I'm a special fan of her magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray. The dishes I've prepared from the magazine's recipes have been tasty to eat and fun to make; they haven't taxed my very limited cooking skills either. And the magazine itself -- however middlebrow and friendly it may be -- is a gorgeously-designed and sweetly-edited thing of beauty.

* Joseph Pearce explains why the agribusiness-vs.-organic debate is such a big deal for the Small is Beautiful crowd.

* Niman Ranch is said by some reviewers to sell the tastiest and tenderest grass-fed meat available. Curious, The Wife and I ordered up some of their steaks. A quick sear on both sides ... Time in the oven till just not-bloody in the center ... And it was, it really was, some of the best steak we've ever eaten. I'd characterize it as luxurious yet light -- like filet mignon, only more informal. I'll be sending gift packs from the Niman Ranch out as birthday and holiday presents.



posted by Michael at January 25, 2007


So Pearce wants to declare war against agribusiness. Judging by the entire piece he wrote, I'd say his main battle is against strawmen.

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on January 25, 2007 2:12 PM

If Rachael Ray came out with a book listing the great restaurants in the second and third tier American cities that she visits in her travel/food show, it would be a runaway best seller. Who knew that there was great eating to be had in Rushmore, South Dakota, of all places? But she managed to find 3! great places to eat there in a recent show.

Posted by: ricpic on January 25, 2007 3:55 PM

I'm the primary cook for the family and I love myself some Rachael Ray.

And even though I'd never go to the trouble of actually cooking anything like he does, I love watching Alton Brown to get tips I will use (and I've used a bunch), and because he's very entertaining.

Posted by: yahmdallah on January 25, 2007 5:03 PM

I have one of Rachael Ray's 30-minute cookbooks and I like it. But I almost didn't buy it after seeing that she calls sandwiches sammies and cutesies everything up to the point of nausea.

Posted by: Rachel on January 25, 2007 6:16 PM

Michael, on the issue of obesity rates doubling in France: I thought that I read that most new developments in France are Suburban (i.e. less walking, more driving, more "convenient" food).

On the Oragnic vs AgriBusiness: The grand majority of Organic Beef at Whole Foods is grain-fed. What is organic about Cows eating tons of grain in feed-lots?

Personally, I don't care if people want to sell and buy grain-fed beef, but I find the organic label misleading.

Posted by: Ian Lewis on January 25, 2007 9:32 PM

Nothing against Rachel Ray, but Lidia is the one for me. True, I lean toward her probably because she was born and raised in what is now Croatia. But, she works around the kitchen with a minimum of toolage and she uses her hands to mix and crucsh things rather than one more uniquely designed kitchen ware to clutter up a small kitchen. Her food is thick, bubbly, and inviting. I swear you can smell her soups right through the tv. Yeah, there's a bit more time required than Ms. Ray's, but the results are devine.

Posted by: DarkoV on January 26, 2007 8:06 AM

Post a comment

Email Address:



Remember your info?