Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of October 13, 2019)

Taste-based labeling, ghost kitchens, and microplastic in our food.
Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." What's in a name? Recent study suggests that taste-based labeling may get people to eat more veggies and other nutritious food Piggin' out. New law empowers Maine schools to feed uneaten school-lunch fare to farm hogs Fast-food fulfillment centers? Familiar chains have begun opening "ghost kitchens" dedicated exclusively to deliveries ordered through apps A "litter-al" emergency: Scientists race to assess the amount of microplastic that has entered our food supply Fresher, CRISPR: Yogurt industry leads breakthrough in next-gen gene mod Sociologists explain why low-income people seldom follow popular "cooking on a budget" tips Get enough exercise if you want to lose weight — but also be sure to get enough sleep Trump administration's ongoing war on nutritional assistance to test the question of how someone may pull herself up by the straps… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of October 6, 2019)

Guinea pig ice cream, the origins of bacon for breakfast, and the return of scurvy.
Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Image: Flickr The propagandistic origin of Americans' favorite breakfast foods, as determined by a recent poll A funeral home in Scottsdale, Arizona offers the recently bereaved "grief therapy" as a way of learning to live after their loss The minimum amounts of bugs, animal hair, and rodent poop allowed by the FDA for some favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods — revealed! Three Georgia corrections officers allegedly fired for running a charity food co-op from the prison that employed them If you're ever in Ecuador be sure to try the Guinea pig ice cream A reminiscence in verse of a poet's first visit to the green grocer An economist asks whether a job is really a job if it pays so little that the job holder must seek nutritional assistance Meet the… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of September 29, 2019)

De-stigmatizing the right to food, eating the whole buffalo fish, and learning to love ugly produce.
Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Image: Museum of History & Industry Data breach at food delivery company DoorDash affects some 4.9 million people The whole buffalo fish: A push in the UK for "nose-to-tail" use of the daily catch A slew of new brands offer products made from ugly produce and discarded veg bits in a bid to reduce food waste An interview with the author of a forthcoming title on animals we have eaten into extinction A case that may come before SCOTUS involves the question of whether Chicago-area food trucks enjoy rights under the Fourth Amendment Arizona prison allegedly served inmates food unfit for human consumption De-stigmatizing the "right to food" as simply code for handouts Amtrak to ditch dining in favor of "more 'flexible' and 'contemporary' dining options" Unlikely ingredient mash-ups that produce surprisingly tasty… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of September 22, 2019)

Munching on sea urchins, reducing food waste in favelas, and making the case for farming.
Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Image: Boston Public Library One Brazilian organization's remarkable success in reducing food waste in favelas Rumbles of protest from restaurant workers as food-delivery app companies eat into eateries' bottom line Wonder food or silent killer? A dive into the humble egg's controversial nutritional history An activist's case for more African-Americans to take up farming Medical students and residents circulate a petition condemning changes to nutritional assistance proposed by the Trump administration KFC begins test-marketing it's latest offering: a chicken-and-doughnut sandwich Swede emotion: UK IKEA shoppers review the store cafeteria's menu items New pizza chain aims to become the most progressive employer in the fast-food biz Food critics' expressive excesses explained Cultivate a taste for sea urchin and save the planet I’m always taking suggestions for food-related articles, projects, thought experiments to feature.… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of September 16, 2019)

Cancer-fighting fungi, food hacks gone wrong, and high cholesterol in fast-food-eating crows.
Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Image: Library of Congress Certain kinds of edible fungi may decrease the risk of a common cancer among men, a Japanese study suggests Members of San Francisco's disability community weigh in on the fraught issue of restaurant accessibility A rundown of the Guardian's picks for the 10 best culinary memoirs A common, scary-sounding food additive demystified Test your knowledge of the social graces and deportment requisite for negotiating the intricate niceties of an Edwardian dinner party 10 food hacks gone wrong .. way wrong Columnist and chef draws inspiration from Emily Dickinson The diseases and conditions caused by fast food affects crows, too, a study has shown Food to avoid if you wish to beat stomach bloat "'Grammin'" foodies have a new reason to rejoice I'm always taking suggestions for food-related articles,… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of September 8, 2019)

The virtues of offal, vegan dogs, and freeing yourself from consumerism through dumpster diving.
Image: Wellcome Collection Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." The Great Mac n' Cheese Swindle: Big biz and the "health-washing" of familiar instant boxed fare Journo reflects on his subsisting on junk food for nearly a quarter-century And a steady diet of junk food has robbed one UK teen of his sight Food insecurity among American households finally back to pre-Great Recession numbers Seeking to answer the burning question, Can dogs can go vegan? In praise of "trash fish": The unsung virtues, gastronomical and ecological, of bycatch If you're not eating offal, you're missing out on some great dishes In Germany, a course in dumpster diving for food seeks to free young adults' minds from the bonds of consumerism The national model for disaster preparedness is ... Waffle House? Florida man breaks into a stranger's house and cooks… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of September 1, 2019)

The coming banana apocalypse, exploitative food delivery apps, and cheese made from celeb bacteria -- all in this week's linkpile.
Image: Library of Congress Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Pushback by restaurateurs in India against food delivery apps A coming exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum to feature cheese made with bacteria swabbed from celebrities (Yes, you read that right) Toilers in the gig economy working where they dine out in ever increasing numbers A blighting fungus newly arrived to South America threatens wholesale wipeout of the banana market Sheer heart attack! British man frys up pork chop bearing likeness of long-departed Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury Recent Australian study finds that long-term observance of the "paleo" diet may change your gut flora ... and not for the better Various ways of reducing food waste considered Meet the latest superfood: mesquite For the record, a Dairy Queen in South Carolina does not use burger patties made of… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of August 25, 2019)

Radioactive sushi, the precarity of American food service workers, and an update on the vertical farming scene — all in this week’s linkpile.
Image: UNLV Library Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Fear among South Koreans over radioactive sushi and other food to be served at 2020 Olympic games hosted by Japan Skipping a meal daily boosts your chances of avoiding cancer and chronic diseases, one researcher suggests The Trump administration's war on national dietary guidelines And proposed changes to SNAP meet pushback from 70 mayors of American cities Behind the scenes of the airline industry's quest for tastier in-flight meals Germany may cease its food exports to Britain following any no-deal Brexit, citing possible tariff and customs woes Brooklyn and the Bowery are home to a burgeoning vertical farming scene Ways to solve the food waste problem that is helping to kill the environment Researchers in the Netherlands worm their way closer to solutions to the threat of coming global… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of August 18, 2019)

Bronze-Age parasite infestations, fast-food coronary clusters, and starving to make the rent — all in this week’s linkpile.
Image: Boston Public Library Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Areas with lots of nearby fast-food restaurants are coronary clusters, a recent study has found Containers at your favorite eco-conscious eateries may be loading your body with "forever chemicals" One tech start-up's quest for the "ideal protein" Edulous Tyrannos: Toxic masculinity and class resentment at one high school cafeteria in the heart of hedge fund country Inhabitants of a Bronze Age English settlement had a bad case of worms, archaelogists have discovered A NZ scientist boils down findings of the IPCC's recent report on coming global food insecurity in 29 haiku Forced labor at Malaysian palm oil producer brings negative scrutiny to major brand junk food maker clients Finnish company set to market NASA-inspired wheat-like protein made from water, carbon dioxide, and electricity Over a third of Americans… Read More...

Pytipanna (Links for the Week of August 11, 2019)

Lunchroom memes, the science behind gluten intolerance, and dismal airport food — all in this week’s linkpile.
Image: Library of Congress Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Recently released report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that food insecurity is about to become a whole-world problem An effort is underway to persuade farmers to upgrade their crop storage containers in order to reduce food lost to bruising, vermin, and spoilage Start-up seeks to disrupt the disrupters who brought you food-delivery apps, and the delivery couriers they employ stand to benefit A primer on the "Where y'all sitting" lunchroom meme trending of late A prison yard stare keeps beach eats safe from seagulls, experts claim Married woman pens agony aunt letter in which she describes the many brushes with death by mushroom allergy she has had on visits to her inlaws Phone listing f*ckery by Yelp squeezes restaurant owners for some extra… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of August 4, 2019)

Image: Boston Public Library Pyttipanna: Swedish for “small pieces in a pan.” Welcome to food desert America, where some 70 percent of food is “ultra-processed“ In…
Image: Boston Public Library Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Welcome to food desert America, where some 70 percent of food is "ultra-processed" In related news: The Center for Science in the Public Interest lists its picks for 2019's worst fast food for you No matter how good or bad for you the food, fewer Americans are eating restaurant food in restaurants, thanks to the rise of the "munch-n'-crunch" economy of delivery and carry-out Of course, the folks who deliver your order may also be eating it Trump-o-nomics means no free lunches, even if you're a kid Joining U.S. school kids in hunger will be Brits should a no-deal Brexit happen, a leaked U.K. government doc claims The mission to create more flexitarians, one bloodily realistic veggie burger at a time From "phone farm" to table: Everyday Americans game… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of July 28, 2019)

Image: A Neapolitan Watermelon Shop from the Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Pyttipanna: Swedish for “small pieces in a pan.” If you’re worried about controlling your…
Image: A Neapolitan Watermelon Shop from the Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." If you're worried about controlling your blood pressure or avoiding diabetes, you may want to head to your neighborhood farmers market When it comes to the current administration's dealing with the poor, it's now all stick and no carrot But the current administration has nothing on Venezuela, whose own administration is starving its people by way of a corrupt state-run food program The recent trend of comfort food at fine dining establishments explained Native Americans flourish nutritionally when they find their way back to their traditional foodways, but the challenge is finding their way back to their traditional lands Social media backlash drives body-shaming dinner plates from Macy's shelves A short history of astronaut food past ...And a rundown of astronaut… Read More...

Dinner with Lydia Maria Child

  I began the Dinner series in 2016 with “Dinner with Caligula.” Much to my shock and sorrow, Caligula did show up to dinner. But history…
  I began the Dinner series in 2016 with "Dinner with Caligula." Much to my shock and sorrow, Caligula did show up to dinner. But history did not end with Caligula, so neither will this series. On weekend nights I’ll sometimes stream Check, Please! a show—really a show template—in which local PBS affiliates invite viewers to discuss their favorite area restaurants. Each participant in turn dines at the restaurants recommended by her fellows and then offers her impressions of her dining experience. More than simply a sampling of local dining possibilities, Check, Please! offers a glimpse of quaint regional differences that corporate-media monoculture hasn’t quite managed to erase. Watch enough episodes and you’ll learn that people in Kansas City rate value, which usually means piles of meat at a nice price, as highly as they do flavors and ambiance. Folks in… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of July 21, 2019)

Image: Boston Public Library Pyttipanna: Swedish for “small pieces in a pan.” Black-owned restaurants are gaining in numbers and popularity One meatless slideróor even a…
Image: Boston Public Library Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Black-owned restaurants are gaining in numbers and popularity One meatless slideróor even a whole sack of themódoes not a vegan make The real scoop on the wisdom of eating ice cream for breakfast Despite some positive developments, the world has slipped from its pace toward better nutrition, food security, and sanitation The humble egg and its fortunes over the years exemplify everything that's wrong with nutrition science Seafood has become one big plastic hassle How French food became too, er, French Sh*tty fast-food jobs are now even sh*ttier, thanks to productivity-monitoring tech Trump administration nixes proposed food and basic needs allowance for junior enlisted men and women Hot dog! You can now Airbnb a camper-conversion vintage Oscar Mayer weinermobile I'm always taking suggestions for food-related articles, projects, thought… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of July 14)

Image from Geo H. Gennawey, Rocky Point, R.I., “Shore Dinner, Rocky Point, R.I.” (1935). Rhode Island Postcards. 273.   Pyttipanna: Swedish for “small pieces in a pan.”…
Image from Geo H. Gennawey, Rocky Point, R.I., "Shore Dinner, Rocky Point, R.I." (1935). Rhode Island Postcards. 273.   Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Global temperatures are up, and global crop yields are down Yet where the danger lies may lie also the means of our deliverance, or so advocates of "smart farming" believe Here's the takeaway: dining out is growing ever pricier compared to eating in Manufacturers of super-sweet foods are answering the demand of practically no one, it turns out That store-bought curry or masala sauce may have been sampled by seagulls before it had gotten to you All-beef burger but hold the cow? You got it, if you happen to live in Japan or otherwise have access to lab-grown "Shojinmeat" Food pairings for crime novels 10 ingredient knock-offs that an eatery has likely fobbed off on… Read More...

Pyttipanna (Links for the Week of July 7)

Image from the Ice Cream Trade Journal (1922)   Pyttipanna: Swedish for “small pieces in a pan.” Greening “food desert” communities, one school at a time…
Image from the Ice Cream Trade Journal (1922)   Pyttipanna: Swedish for "small pieces in a pan." Greening "food desert" communities, one school at a time Mississippi outlaws calling "veggie burgers" by that name, and a legal wrangle ensues But whatever you call that burger-like veggie patty, it may give you cancer Legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher -- Epicure ... and radical? Increasing costs of living and doing business are killing restaurant criticism in San Francisco An 1851 manual on making ice cream For folks who are fussy about their food's ingredients and origins, the future is in crypto Pick your protein -- right out of thin air! One Israeli company seeks to take kitchen scraps beyond composting and into energy production Oz man contracts fatal salmonella from eating a gecko on a dare I’m always taking suggestions for food-related articles, projects,… Read More...