'Dan Barber' on Serious Eats

Would You Eat Lab Engineered Meat?

In this week's New Yorker there's a piece called "Test-Tube Burgers" on the controversial work being done to engineer meat in a lab. The stem-cell biologists, tissue engineers, animal rights activists, and environmentalists involved all share one goal: to grow muscle without the use of animals, and produce it in quantities that are large enough to sell in grocery stores. Would eating it give you the heebie-jeebies? Or does thinking about the factory farm slaughterhouses freak you out more? More

The Meat and Chocolate Trend

"As long as you stay on this side of the sweet-savory line, the meat and chocolate trend is a great one." Chocolate-covered bacon from Roni-Sue's. [Photographs: Robyn Lee] Chocolate and meat may have started with the Aztecs (in their thick,... More

Dan Barber Says We Need to Like Organ Meat

Duck parts. [Photograph: Chichi Wang] According to chef and food activist Dan Barber, we don't know a lot of things. We don't know where our meat comes from, we don't know what the animal we're eating ate, and we sure don't know how to get behind the stove and take control of what we put in our mouths. In this article in The Nation, Barber writes about the "protein paradox," or the huge waste of edible animal parts such as liver, kidney, and tripe. Barber really wants us to like, or learn to like, organ meat—the bits and bobs typically saved for hot dogs, sausage links, and yes, dog food. He hopes that people will eat meat modestly, and... More

Market Scene: Union Square Greenmarket

"Sorry, Dan Barber, but the greenhouse-grown raspberries were absolutely delicious." Greenhouse-grown raspberries from Fruit Valley Orchard in Oswego, New York We headed back to the Union Square Greenmarket this weekend, mainly to pick up some sheep's milk ricotta from Valley... More

Ethicurean Reviews New Documentary 'Food Fight,' Underwhelmed

The Ethicurean, a blog devoted to the organic and sustainable eating ethos, is predisposed to love a film like Food Fight (not to be confused with Foodfight!), where the premise rests on the same mantra. But get ready for a plot twist—they didn't love it. Here’s where I bite the nice hands who fed me the DVD review copy. We three found ourselves squirming restlessly in our pews. Too many putative saints were being paraded past us on litters of glistening lettuces, and the familiar hymns sounded off key in their new arrangements. Ethicurean founder Bonnie Powell watched a preview copy (screenings are just in Los Angeles currently) and while she found it beautiful visually, said it could have... More

Michael Pollan, Joan Dye Gussow, Dan Barber: Healthy, Green, and Hedonistic?

On weekdays, we try to bring you a short food video you can get through quickly during your busy day. But seeing how it's Saturday and you have more time, here's a longer, more weighty, but nevertheless interesting video in which Michael Pollan, Joan Dye Gussow, and Dan Barber talk about whether we can eat all the good stuff we love while still being green and healthy. Sit back and enjoy.... More

Dan Barber: Smart, Articulate, and Opinionated.

We love chefs who write (Tony Bourdain, Michael Ruhlman). We love restaurateurs who write (Danny Meyer). We love farmers who write (Wendell Berry, Verlyn Klinkenborg, Andy Griffin, David Mas Masumoto, and our favorite Arkansas homeboy/Slavok Zizek devotee, Ragan Sutterfield). But we LOVE writers who happen to be all three rolled into one, and cute to boot. Dan Barber's latest in the NY Times: Amber Fields of Bland.... More

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