Tagged: Bobby Flay

Food Network Addicts Stand Up, Author Michael Pollan Has Some Words For You

Duff Goldman, founder of Charm City Cakes, dude on Ace of Cakes. And yes, those are cakes around him.

Recently Michael Pollan took a few shots at the Food Network. For those who don’t know Michael Pollan is an author, columnist, activist, who has written extensively about the food industry in the United States without being an evangelist for vegetarianism or veganism.

I like Ace of Cakes, sometimes BBQ with Bobby Flay and I always enjoy the thinking person’s cooking show Good Eats with Alton Brown. There is a lot that the Food Network is lacking as a whole though.

Sure there are people starving in the world and the Food Network would be like porn to them. I get that. Sure there are mega corporations running the food industry in the U.S. and most Americans have no idea where their food actually comes from. The Food Network offers no discussion of any of this.

It’s great that rappers like Homeboy Sandman that have such an array of subject matter and song titles that it makes my job that much easier. This Queens MC is a fan of variety which is pretty refreshing or should I say nutritious.

Sure they don’t and I caught that, but I didn’t consider some of the observations Michael Pollan put forth in a New York Times article called “Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch” where he discusses the fact that Americans have been watching food shows more while eating fast food and cooking less.

“How is it that we are so eager to watch other people browning beef cubes on screen but so much less eager to brown them ourselves? Continue reading

Barack Obama Thinks You’re Fat

barack obama and bobby flay bbq
President Barack Obama, receives grilling tips from Chef Bobby Flay on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, June 19, 2009, in Washington during an event in conjunction with fatherhood and mentoring.

Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States at the age of 47, making him one of our nation’s youngest presidents. Not only is our president young, he is youthful and seemingly very healthy. There is almost too much information about the most mundane parts of his day and but I was still kind of surprised when I saw this.

“White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code” in the NYTimes. Fashion buff that I am I had to read it. In this article though, Mr. Obama’s work and health habits were also uncovered. “Mr. Obama likes to have his workout ‘weights and cardio’ first thing in the morning, at 6:45.”

That takes some discipline. It also puts Pres. Obama out of step with many of his fellow Americans. Continue reading