Summertime, and the readin’ is easy… Now that the kids are out of school and the schedule’s a little more relaxed, we’ve had some time to check out a few good food reads that we wanted to share. Some of our recent favorites include:
You Have No Idea You’re Eating…: You might want to check this out after you’ve eaten, but it’s fascinating nonetheless. The L.A. Times Food section breaks down some of the strangest things you didn’t think you were eating. It’s enough to make you want to make your own ice cream for the summer (fish bladders, anyone?).
You’re Eating Bugs: As long as you’ve lost your appetite, you might as well know…you already eat bugs. They’re basically all over the food we eat. Scientific American gives us the straight story (but hold your stomach.)
Un-Processing Processed Food: In a real head-scratcher of a story, the Huffington Post reports on how big companies are working hard to make their processed foods look a little more hand-crafted – i.e. processing them to make them look a little less processed. So you might start seeing rough edges on your burgers or egg sandwiches…but you won’t be fooled, right?
Urban Food Forest: Let’s shift the tone and move to something a little nicer…like the delightful urban food forest that’s underway in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Modern Farmer reports that the Beacon Food Forest will be a seven-acre woodland comprised of edible trees, perennials, annuals and shrubs.
Cooking on Mars: When we travel to Mars, someday, we’re going to have to eat something. Right now in Hawaii there’s a dome simulating the atmosphere of Mars and there are a few brave souls working in there, practicing how to cook and create meals in interplanetary conditions. Pass the freeze-dried ice cream!
World’s Weirdest Grills: A German army tank…grill? Bon Appetit gives us a fanciful collection of some of the weirdest things people have ever made into functioning grills. Bring on the hot dogs!
Four Fungi: We love, love, love the Smithsonian’s Food and Think blog, and it’s a great place to go to fill yourself up with fun food facts or obscure food knowledge. The latest: A look at four food fungi that are perfectly fit for human consumption – possibly even delicacies. (Blue corn fungus, anyone?)
Tomato History: Also from Food and Think, a brief history of tomato consumption. Did you know that the tomato was feared in Europe for more than 200 years? Now most of our kids (pizza) can’t imagine (pizza) life without tomatoes (pizza).
Mind the Gap: Last but not least, some heavier reading from Feeding America – the latest installment of the “Map The Gap” food insecurity study. The latest results show New Mexico to be the roughest place for kids and hunger, with 30.6 percent of children living in food insecure households. Use the interactive map tool to find information for your area – and remember that hunger lasts throughout the year.
Photos via Morguefile.