We need strategies that do not drag us back to the dispositional focus of the Inquisition’s witch-hunts, that propelled the notion of the “Satan Within,” when much good and evil is the product of situational and systemic forces acting on the same ordinary, often good people. ~~ Philip Zimbardo It’s been with a great deal […]Read more "The Ancient Sin of Gluttony: What’s Really Behind the Shunning of Paula Deen"
I’ll be blunt: I like my food with a heaping handful of nostalgic romanticism. Yes, there are those who claim that the present food landscape sparkles with the dreamy hue reminiscent of rose-colored glasses, that the perfume of nostalgia permeates too much of present-day “discourse” on food. And then there’s the flip side of that […]Read more "Pass the Nostalgia, and Nix the Organics"
To all the wonderful readers of “Gherkins & Tomatoes”: I would like to let you know that starting this week (11/16/2009), I will be temporarily posting two times a week — likely on Mondays and Thursdays, with a picture or a new food book announcement on the weekends when pertinent. Due to a very large […]Read more "Scaling Back, Nothing Fishy About It!"
Like a pot of water heating on the fire, the “meaning of foodie” conversations percolating out there come to boil at times. And at times the heat gets turned off and things simmer down.* Until the next finger-pointing pundit comes flying out of the air. Frankly, it gets tiresome when people exercise their index fingers […]Read more "Slapdown Corner: For the Love of Food!"