What’s up with Pollan’s words being depicted in the media as divine edict, even if he’s saying something totally boring like “I ate Grape-Nuts for breakfast”? In this case, the sensation was heightened by the fact that Huff Post editors chopped up the interview into non-linear quotes in which he boringly defending himself against the skewering he received in Jonathan Saffran Foer’s militant vegan book, and paired them all disembodied-like under a slideshow of random images.
Then, what did Marion Nestle think about Jamie Oliver’s show where he tries to get West Virginia kids to eat better? She hates it! Just kidding. She thinks it could really make a difference. The best thing from day one was a killer looking recipe for beer brownies I am definitely going to make.
On day two things are looking up. There’s a fascinating, breezy piece by Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie, Deconstructed, where he describes being invited to lunch at Archer Daniels Midland. I don’t want to give away all the good parts, but I will say that he was served “enhanced chicken breast” with a sauce of CardioAid™.
There was also an entertaining (if a tad inaccurate) slideshow by contributing style editor Lesley M.M. Blume about stuff from the past she wishes would come back, like Carmen Miranda fruit hats, malteds, and table manners. I say inaccurate, because table manners are indeed alive and well, and stirring up much controversy. For instance, if you are an urban homesteader who desperately needs to slaughter a rabbit, what is the very best way to do it and not annoy your neighbors? Apparently Ms. Blume does not read Helena Echlin’s Table Manners column!