Michelle Obama Throws Down: The first lady laid the smack down on junk food titans: "This isn't about finding creative ways to market products as healthy," she said. "It's about producing products that actually are healthy." Zing! via Washington Post
G'bye Government Cheese, Hello Triple Crème Brie: Young jobless foodies get over the stigma and use food stamps to buy stuff like organic asparagus. The horror. via Salon
When Pie is a Weapon: Lierre Keith, a former vegan, was discussing her book "The Vegetarian Myth" at the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair when she was pelted in the head with pies by hoodie-wearing activists. The attack was caught on YouTube.
Monsanto, Here We Come: On the heels of the launch of its antitrust probe of Monsanto, the Department of Justice and Department of Agriculture held a joint workshop in Iowa where nearly 800 farmers and other citizens shared their feelings on how agribusiness monopolies have impacted their lives. "I have a lot of concern," said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. via cookingupastory.com
A Good Read: Frank Bruni's dishy profile of Billy Joel's-child-bride-turned-wanna-be-food TV-star Katie Lee in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine.
Thread of the Week: A Salon article about the backlash to the so-called "sexy butcher" trend inspired some decent vitriol in the comments section, including one reader who created a flow chart for manufacturing "ridiculous" San Francisco fads. via Salon
Recipe We Want to Make: Steve Jobs' head. Made of mozzarella cheese.
Deaths, Firings, Recalls, and Other Endings:
- Wall Street Journal's restaurant critic Raymond Sokolov quits after being asked to switch beats to "food trend" coverage.
Debuts, Openings, and Other Beginnings:
- Starbucks will soon let you customize your Frappucino. Now you can shave some calories off your grande caramel concoction.
- New York City's Death & Co bar to open a Los Angeles branch.
- Cult San Francisco ice cream store, Humphry Slocombe, serves a Lucky Charm-topped Black and Tan sundae for St. Pat's.
- The AOL food site KitchenDaily (that hired all those former Gourmet editors) launches.