Thursday, January 17, 2008

What The World Eats - Photo Essay

Wow. Here's an eye-opening photo essay that shows what's on family dinner tables in fifteen different homes around the globe. The pictures are by Peter Menzel from the book "Hungry Planet." There's also an accompanying article, "How The World Eats":,28804,1626795_1627112_1626671,00.html

The photo of the Aboubakar family in Chad and the photo of the Revis family from N. Carolina. presents a startling contrast. In the Revis family portrait, American bounty is represented by brightly packaged processed foods and takeout pizza. The only fresh produce seems to be grapes and a couple of tomatoes.

Another surprise was the prevalence of soda...especially Coke...on tables from Poland to Cairo.

What would a week's worth of your family's groceries look like?

(Thanks to member Peter Schaar for giving me a heads up about this...)

Monday, January 7, 2008

"The Future of Food" is happening now

I'm one of those people who want to know what's in my food...where it came from...who grew it...and what I can do with it. Of course before I even start down that path, I want to be sure it is safe and will continue to be safe while I cook it and consume it. The fact of the matter is, I believe at the very least, all the food in the marketplace should be safe. Safe for me, safe for my family and anyone I might want to serve it to. Its incredible to me that more and more food is arriving at the marketplace that isn't. Because I'm extremely interested in food, I'm aware of that, but so many others are not. Like it or not, we all need to be aware of what is happening to the food we eat every day and what impact it has on our health and our way of life, both now and in the future.

Slow Food Dallas is sponsoring the screening of "The Future of Food," produced by Deborah Koons Garcia. Deborah Koons Garcia is the widow of the famous rocker Jerry Garcia. Deborah has produced several documentaries and was concerned enough about what was happening around her to produce this one about genetically modified food. I think you'll find it enlightening and it just might change the way you shop, cook and eat.

The film is being screened at the Nasher Sculpture Center this Sunday afternoon at 2 pm in the private dining room at the Nasher. Tickets are available through Slow Food Dallas at their website: Seating is limited.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Here a Moo, There a Moo, Everywhere the Same Moo

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the FDA is expected to declare early next week that the meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to eat. The lead on the story says it all:

"Get ready for a food fight over milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring."

Sounds like another step down the monoculture road.

Zituna World Food Market opens in Richardson

Miss the closing of Worldwide Foods on Greenville a few years back? Well, now you can head up north to Zituna World Food Market. Opening late last year, Zituna offers a huge selection of fresh and packaged Middle Eastern, Greek, Persian, and Eastern European foods. Worth the drive for the olive and nut bar.

Located at 970 N. Coit #3025 (SE corner of Coit & Arapaho), Richardson, 75080; 972.470.0101

Thanks to the blog for the scoop.