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How Fast Food Chains Supersized Inequality | New Republic
"Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food With Government Help by Chin JouUniversity of Chicago Press, 248 pp., $25.00"
book  review  race  america  food  health  government  market-failure 
august 2017 by tsuomela
Tsing, A.L.: The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. (eBook and Hardcover)
"Matsutake is the most valuable mushroom in the world—and a weed that grows in human-disturbed forests across the northern hemisphere. Through its ability to nurture trees, matsutake helps forests to grow in daunting places. It is also an edible delicacy in Japan, where it sometimes commands astronomical prices. In all its contradictions, matsutake offers insights into areas far beyond just mushrooms and addresses a crucial question: what manages to live in the ruins we have made? A tale of diversity within our damaged landscapes, The Mushroom at the End of the World follows one of the strangest commodity chains of our times to explore the unexpected corners of capitalism. Here, we witness the varied and peculiar worlds of matsutake commerce: the worlds of Japanese gourmets, capitalist traders, Hmong jungle fighters, industrial forests, Yi Chinese goat herders, Finnish nature guides, and more. These companions also lead us into fungal ecologies and forest histories to better understand the promise of cohabitation in a time of massive human destruction. By investigating one of the world’s most sought-after fungi, The Mushroom at the End of the World presents an original examination into the relation between capitalist destruction and collaborative survival within multispecies landscapes, the prerequisite for continuing life on earth."
book  publisher  commodities  food  capitalism  exchange  trade  environment 
july 2016 by tsuomela
The Cause Of Riots And The Price of Food - Technology Review
"In other words, high food prices lead to a kind of tipping point when almost anything can trigger a riot, like a lighted match in a dry forest."
riots  protests  food  economics  pricing  international 
august 2011 by tsuomela
12 Bottle Bar | 12 Key Bottles – Endless Tasty Concoctions
12 Bottle Bar was created with the simple goal of making classic cocktails accessible to the home bartender. Despite having a voluminous liquor cabinet, home mixologist David Solmonson was continually frustrated by drink recipes that called for more and more esoteric ingredients. His solution? Create a fixed list of main ingredients – the twelve bottles – and present hundreds of classic and original cocktails that could be made from them.
cooking  food  drinks  bar 
november 2010 by tsuomela
The Minimalist - Preparing Simple Bean Dishes That Taste Anything but Simple - NYTimes.com
IF the word “dal” conjures up images of a simple dish of well-flavored lentils, the kind of thing you might see at an Indian lunch buffet, that’s not inaccurate. But it is incomplete, because dal is a generic term for bean dishes, and for the beans and lentils used to make them.
food  cooking  recipes  india 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Gut Check: Here's the Meat of the Problem - washingtonpost.com
According to a 2006 United Nations report, livestock accounts for 18 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
food  agriculture  environment  health  vegetarian  nutrition  meat  diet  climate  global-warming 
october 2009 by tsuomela
An ‘agri-intellectual’ talks back | Grist
A response to "the essay “The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals,” by Missouri corn/soy farmer Blake Hurst, published in The American, the journal of the right-wing American Enterprise Institute."
agriculture  food  environment  industry  peak-oil  resources  fertilizer 
august 2009 by tsuomela
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