More Women Are Vegetarian But More Men Are Vegan

Our Health Food Obsession

David Sax has an op-ed in The Los Angeles Time which discusses how we have a tendency to spend so much of our money on health food trends (because we want to eat the things we are told are good for us), but most of those trends end up being debunked:

I Don’t Own a Microwave, AMA

As for me, I am on the right side of history, if by history you mean overly-paid trend forecasters as cited on My kitchen in my last apartment had a built-in microwave, so I threw my busted $30 one out, and in this apartment there is truly about six inches of counter space so I don’t know where I’d put one if we had it. *shuffles to stand in front of the KitchenAid mixer, crosses arms*

French Restaurant Institutes Fine For Wasted Food

Here’s a fun one, via the Morning News: The proprietor of the French restaurant in Switzerland called Patrizietta was sick of seeing patrons load up on the buffet and waste a bunch of food, so he took matters into his own hands. At La Patrizietta, membership to the Clean Plate Club is free, but you face a fine of five francs if you don’t join:

On Class Rage And Green Juice

I love Jami Attenburg’s tumblr, and her post about sharing in some class rage with the woman making her juice today is <3:

Americans Pouring Ranch All Over Everything

The Salt reports that NPD Group, a consumer market information company, has found that ranch dressing has becoming the number one dressing “shipped to the country’s cafeterias, restaurants and institutions.”

The Ritual of the Last Meal

The latest issue of Lapham’s Quarterly is out, and the theme is Death. Hooray! You can read Brent Cunningham’s wildly fascinating essay about the last meals of the soon to be executed online, and I would highly recommend it, if you are into that sort of thing. Or aren’t into that sort of thing at ALL but still can’t help but be fascinated by the fact that Timothy McVeigh’s last meal was two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Our Nuggets Under the Microscope

A professor of of medicine and pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center examined random chicken nuggets from two unnamed restaurants and discovered that chicken nuggets actually don’t have very much lean, white meat. Aren’t chicken nuggets on the level of hot dogs by now? Hot dogs are also often a mish-mash of different parts but they’re popular among kids as well. And they’re popular among kids, as we learned from Jamie Oliver, even when kids know what the nuggets are made of. We live in a world of $1 billion Doritos Los Tacos sold. Also chains like KFC know that people can be turned off by this mish-mash so they are quick to advertise that their nuggets are entirely made of breast meat. And they’re delicious.

Next on the Grill: Synthetic Meat

Google founder Sergey Brin paid $325,000 for a two-year project to test out the idea of whether or not we can grow meat in a laboratory. The answer so far is: Yes, we can, but it’s crazy expensive.

Chipotle Snobs