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Michael Pollan

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    August 1, 2013
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    April 25, 2011

    Michael Pollan's Picks Three Lame New Food Rules

    ​Here at Gut Check, we've had our share of fun mocking Michael Pollan's food rules. However, longtime readers of this blog know that I, personally, am a big fan of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.That said, I must admit I cringed when I saw the three new food ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Ten (Imaginary) Shows We'd Watch Instead of the Food Network's Latest Garbage

    Guy Fieri, starring in exactly none of our proposed Food Network shows​The Food Network this week announced several new series to debut this year and next. Frankly, even by the Food Network's ever-lower standards, the list is unappetizing.Among these new shows is an unholy marriage of Guy Fieri an ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Fuck Michael Pollan #5: Breaking the Food Rules at "Winter Blows" Swap Meet & Bike Show

    Michael Pollan's 2007 best seller The Omnivore's Dilemma documented the industrialization of the world's food supply and whipped the foodie vanguard into a self-righteous froth. His encore, the "Manifesto" In Defense of Food, revealed the author as a proselytizing zealot/minimalist poet. ("Eat food. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Fuck Michael Pollan #4: Breaking the Food Rules at Old St. Louis Chop Suey

    Michael Pollan's 2007 best seller The Omnivore's Dilemma documented the industrialization of the world's food supply and whipped the foodie vanguard into a self-righteous froth. His encore, the "Manifesto" In Defense of Food, revealed the author as a proselytizing zealot/minimalist poet. ("Eat food. ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Fuck Michael Pollan #3: Breaking the Food Rules at Crest Bowl

    Michael Pollan's 2007 best seller The Omnivore's Dilemma documented the industrialization of the world's food supply and whipped the foodie vanguard into a self-righteous froth. His encore, the "Manifesto" In Defense of Food, revealed the author as a proselytizing zealot/minimalist poet ("Eat food. ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Fuck Michael Pollan #2: Breaking the Food Rules at Hit-N-Run

    Michael Pollan's 2007 best seller The Omnivore's Dilemma documented the industrialization of the world's food supply and whipped the foodie vanguard into a self-righteous froth. His encore, the "Manifesto" In Defense of Food, revealed the author as a proselytizing zealot/minimalist poet ("Eat food. ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Ian Froeb A dish from Shu Feng.​This week, Gut Check was pretty focused on trying to stay warm. But in between snuggling with our space heaters, we made time for some winter-related research. Got the sniffles? Check out Ian's post on favorite cures for the common cold. Interested in disast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Fuck Michael Pollan #1: Breaking the Food Rules at Jay International

    Michael Pollan's 2007 best seller The Omnivore's Dilemma documented the industrialization of the world's food supply and whipped the foodie vanguard into a self-righteous froth. His encore, the "Manifesto" In Defense of Food, revealed the author as a proselytizing zealot/minimalist poet ("Eat food. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Locavores Get What They Pay For

    When food activist Michael Pollan put a price tag on some local foods ($8/dozen eggs, $3.90/lb. peaches), he came off as a locavore elitist. The Wall Street Journal investigates to see if this is true, and finds that consumers often get what they pay for. The Chicago Tribune investigates the true ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef

    More recalls. A Pennsylvania company recalled 8500 pounds of ground beef for suspected E. coli contamination. The Washington Post reports that the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service found a link between Cargill Meat Solutions in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, and three cases of the infection in Ma ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Image via ​This week, everybody was talking about recalls and the food supply, Gut Check included. If you need to get caught up, find information on the egg recall here and the Walmart deli meat recall here, and then check out the video of Michael Pollan giving some big-picture perspec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Michael Pollan on the Egg Recall

    Via Eater, here is video of Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and An Eater's Manifesto, discussing on CNN how the egg recall is a case of reaping what we, as a society, have sown:Want eggs at the Maplewood Farmers' Market today? I'd go early. I have a feeling you won't be alone.

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Beware the Insidious Thyroid-Destroying Powers of Bok Choy

    Bok choy, lookin' innocent. Don't be deceived.​From MSNBC, via Gawker, comes a truly odd story: A woman nearly died after eating only raw bok choy -- two to three pounds a day -- for several months. Apparently, the 88-year-old woman thought it would help her control her diabetes.It turns out that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    See Food Documentary Fresh at Schlafly Bottleworks Tonight

    Image via​Tonight, as part of its "Good Gardening Good Food" film series, Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue; 314-241-2337) will host a screening of the documentary Fresh.Here is the film's official synopsis:FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are ... More >>

  • News

    April 14, 2010
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    March 12, 2010

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 3.6-3.12

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Cupcake Project: Stef made the ultimate St. Patrick's Day cupcakes and announced a chocolate liqueur cups giveaway. One Hot Stove: Nupur made black bean pumpkin soup. Sugar Spice and More Things Nice: Rachel discussed Michael Pollan's F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 2.6-2.12

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.Local Harvest Dish: Maddie got mindful about eating. Iron Stef: Stef embraced the crazy tastiness of Martha Stewart.Andrew Mark Veety: Andrew got excited about a future with a new kitchen, new garden, and new food writing opportunities. Feast: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Throwback of the House: A Crown Fit For a Corn King

    Oh, corn. You subsidized, ever-present source of cheap carbohydrates. You've been much maligned in recent years, what with that blabbermouth Michael Pollan and filmmakers poking into your business.It's gotten so bad that we now need television ads to be reminded of the wonder of your versatility.Ro ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 30, 2009
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    December 23, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Whole Wheat Bread

    User "Zyance," Wikimedia Commons​December is a sad time for the farmer's market aficionado. At minimum, it will be three months before the first spring greens are available. We're down to two monthly markets, the indoor Tower Grove setup at St. John's Episcopal Church on Arsenal Street and Maplew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    A Food Writer's List of 10 Essential Food Books

    ​As much as I'd like to assemble a Top Ten Food Books of 2009 list, I'm so far behind in my reading that I'd struggle to compose a Top Ten Food Books of 2008 list. Best I can do for this year is two books. First, Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan. It's a cookbook, but you can -- and should ... More >>

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    October 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10.9

    ​ Fast food moratorium probably won't solve obesity problem, even as Burger King redesigns to bring people closer. (Los Angeles Times, Advertising Age)Michael Pollan's readers share their eating rules. (The New York Times)New York Times disses southern fried chicken. Civil War II commences. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Reminder: Joel Salatin at Webster Tonight

    A reminder: Farmer Joel Salatin will speak at Webster University tonight at 7:30 p.m. Salatin heads Polyface, a Virginia farm whose "beyond-organic" practices have been featured in Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and the recent documentary Food, Inc. His lecture at Webster is titled "Ballet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9.10

    ​ President Obama endorses higher taxes on soda to help fund food stamps. (Kansas City Star)New FDA rule and reporting systems aims for contaminated food to be reported faster. (The Boston Globe)September 21 issue of The Nation focuses on food, with writings by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9.2

    ​ What's wrong with Sheila Lukins' obituary? Lots of things. (The NYTPicker.com)Michael Pollan has his say on Whole Foods boycotts. (Newmajority.com)Illinois' new alcohol tax hike is in effect. (Belleville News-Democrat)Optimistic restaurateurs opting for smaller venues and menus in new vent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    New Michael Pollan Article in Times Magazine

    Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) has an epic new article in this weekend's edition of the New York Times magazine in which he tackles the decline of cooking in America and the rise of food-related television programming. Well worth your time. Here's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Cooking for Your Cat: In Which Bess Meets Her Match, or The Carnivore's Dilemma

    RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure.One of the hazards of my job is forced immersion -- some might say obsession -- in a particular subject for months at time. Pick-up artists, education, death, comic books, vampires...the books and articles pile up. (S ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 1, 2009
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    June 11, 2009

    Monsanto to Food, Inc.: Drop Dead

    flickr.com/photos/jonbauerSchlosserFood, Inc., the new expos é -documentary about the food industry, doesn't open at the Tivoli until June 26, but it's already generated a fair amount of controversy in St. Louis.Co-produced by Eric Schlosser of Fast Food Nation fame and starring Schlosser and M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Monsanto to Food, Inc.: Drop Dead

    flickr.com/photos/jonbauerSchlosserFood, Inc., the new expos é -documentary about the food industry, doesn't open at the Tivoli until June 26, but it's already generated a fair amount of controversy in St. Louis.Co-produced by Eric Schlosser of Fast Food Nation fame and starring Schlosser and ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    FoodWire: Michael Pollan in St. Louis Tonight

    Michael Pollan, author of the seminal books The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, is speaking and signing books this evening at St. Louis County Library headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard). Doors open at 6 p.m., the program begins at 7. On his Twitter feed, STL Bites' Bill Burge r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 5.9-5.15

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.Welcome a new blog to our merry band, Becky and the Beanstock. Go check it out.Sauce: An interview with Michael Pollan.Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly roasts her haul of farmers' market radishes.STL Hops: Mike has news of the new weekly cask a ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 1, 2009
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    March 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 3.9

    Georgia, known for peanuts -- and source of Peanut Corp. of America's salmonella outbreak -- only recently introduced food-safety standards for the legume. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)The number of diners sickened at London's Fat Duck restaurant now numbers in the hundreds. The cause of the illnes ... More >>

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    January 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.23

    In today's news: the salmonella outbreak, country-of-labeling origin hits a road block, Tom Vilsack on healthy eating and Chinese New Year food shortages.

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    December 22, 2008

    Gut Check Thing of the Year Nominee: Michael Pollan

    The first nominee for Gut Check's 2008 Thing of the Year is author Michael Pollan.

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    December 18, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 12.18

    In today's news: Michael Pollan on Tom Vilsack, the sweetener Truvia and a victim of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

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    November 20, 2008

    Michael Pollan at Washington University This Afternoon

    Sorry for the short notice, but I learned this moments ago: Author Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food) will be honored with the Washington University International Humanities Prize today at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony is at Graham Chapel. Afterward there will be refreshments and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    The New York Times Magazine's Food Issue

    If you haven't already seen it, yesterday's edition of the New York Times magazine was the "Food Issue." There's a lot of content to, er, digest -- I'm still making my way through it -- but the issue's focal point is Michael Pollan's open letter to the next president on food policy. Those who have r ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 13, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    Bookplates: In Defense of Food

    www.michaelpollan.com It's rare for a book to change your entire outlook on a subject as broad and vital as food, so it should be downright impossible for one author to write two such books within just a few years. Yet Michael Pollan has done exactly that. His latest book, In Defense of Food: An E ... More >>

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    February 4, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.4

    www.stlucia.gov.lc I figured I'd have to make some mention of last night's epic Super Bowl, but I didn't think it would be this easy: A shot of the Giants sideline during the 3rd quarter revealed the training staff's secret weapon to ease players' cramps -- bananas! Not potassium supplements, not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    New York Times Still on the Mercury Beat

    www.thewe.cc Today's New York Times includes not one, but two stories following up on the paper's article from last week about the level of mercury in tuna. In the first, Marian Burros (who wrote the original article) reports that restaurants and retailers nationwide are testing the mercury level ... More >>

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    January 17, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 1.17

    www.seedtoplate.com A group of European bioethics experts question whether we should clone animals for food. (AFP) An effort to repeal the state of California's stringent new standards for raw milk. Proponents of raw milk argue that what bacteria might exist in raw milk poses no threat to humans. ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008

    Reviews of New Michael Pollan Book

    www.michaelpollan.com Michael Pollan's new book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, should be available in bookstores now. I haven't picked up a copy yet -- and I'm a little backed up in my food reading, besides -- but here are two reviews: Janet Maslin of the New York Times offers a rave ... More >>

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    December 17, 2007

    Michael Pollan on Sustainability

    Frequent commenter Dan D. pointed out this New York Times piece by Michael Pollan that I totally, inexcusably missed while putting together today's Morning Brew. It's essential reading: Pollan brings together his ongoing concern for our eating habits (as displayed in his must-read The Omnivore's Di ... More >>

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    April 19, 2007

    Small Plates: Thursday, 4/19

    In Tuesday's post on Charles Clover's study on overfishing, The End of the Line, I mentioned Michael Pollan's extraordinary book The Omnivore's Dilemma. This evening, the Contemporary Art Museum will host a "Discussion of Art, Food and the Environment" that takes Pollan's book as its starting point. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2006

    Review Preview: Pho Long

    www.phofever.com In this week's review I take a look at a new restaurant that specializes in one of the world's great "fast" foods, pho. The review mentions two of my favorite food books of the past few years: Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation (now, improbably, a major motion picture) and Micha ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 29, 2006

    Pho Real

    Pho might well be the ideal fast food.

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