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Posts tagged with “Food”

The Truth About Vegetarianism

Monday, 2 November, 2009

The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability is, to me, a perfect followup to Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, which I waxed ecstatic about a couple years ago. Such a powerfully as well as sympathetically stated case against all the arguments underlying vegetarianism is long, long overdue. Keith, a former, very committed vegan, […]

Fat and Nothingness

Tuesday, 12 May, 2009

I never intended this blog to be about food and nutrition, but somehow it’s around this that I feel the strongest urge to share my thoughts. Lately on two occasions I have gotten into fierce arguments (under the influence of alcohol, admittedly) with people reciting the standard dietary philosophy of “eat low-calorie, low-fat, low red meat, etc.” […]

The Neolithic Singularity (Cake Wars, part II)

Monday, 1 September, 2008

Ray Kurzweil and other techno-enthusiasts wax ecstatic over the coming “singularity” that will liberate humans from the limits of the physical body. Within a couple decades, through nanotechnology, we’ll be able to re-tool ourselves on the molecular/cellular level; ultimately, we’ll be able to upload our brains into machines and theoretically live forever. By “we,” I […]

Cake Wars (or: The coming food paradigm shift)

Saturday, 30 August, 2008

I work in the office of a small DC nonprofit. Sometimes the Executive Director brings Krispy Kreme donuts to the staff meeting on Monday mornings. Our vendors send us baskets with cookies, chocolates, or other sweets, so the lunch room is always a good place to forage for candy and other baked goods. And a […]

Self-control, willpower, and the “brain fog” effect

Thursday, 28 August, 2008

Even when we acknowledge the social and economic factors that lead to obesity (cheap, fattening food; huge portion sizes; marketing soda to kids; etc.), don’t we all still, ultimately, blame a person’s weight on their lack of self-control? A fat person just lacks willpower. The most compelling and novel part of Good Calories, Bad Calories […]

Good Calories, Bad Calories

Wednesday, 27 August, 2008

One of the best books I read last year, Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories (hereafter, GCBC), is coming out in paperback next month. I’ll probably have to pick it up, because both of my hardback copies (!) are lent out to friends, and you know how that goes. I can’t recommend this book enough. […]