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Cook the Book: 'The Nourished Kitchen' by Jennifer McGruther

Kenji's NYC Bucket List: What I'll Miss Most

I'm glad to be rid of you quite honestly from our fine city. That line about sipping Sazeracs could not have been more pretentious so I think San Francisco with its gentrified yuppie atmosphere will suit you perfectly.

Chicken and Egg From 'Coi' (Part 2)

How many people are realistically going to cook eggs like that on a regular basis and make a chicken stock from scratch and own all that tech beyond well, food bloggers and chefs?

Damon Gambuto's 14 Most Memorable Burgers in Los Angeles and Beyond

Damon where is my 20 dollars back for that awful grease bomb at Gruner you waxed eloquently about a few years ago?

Where to Go for Happy Hour in Washington, DC

There are lots of awesome less upscale/hipster bars in D.C. that you left out.

Sunday Supper: Red Wine-Marinated, Roasted Beef Tenderloin With Herb-Horseradish Cream

Any chance you could fit a more affordable and healthy recipe in for next week please?

The Food Lab: Bringing Home General Tso's Chicken

You NAILED it with the description of mcdonalds nuggets with sweet n sour sauce, the only way I like them

Inside the Wonderful Restaurant Stuck in a Tiny Coffee Shop

14 dollars for a plate of carrots served to you in a coffee shop? NYC is crazy!

17 Tropically-Inspired Desserts To Make Right Now

At least we don't have to life in Africa where its tropical (mostly everywhere) all the time.

Is "Serious Eats Dating" a joke or parody or what?

Sorry gay men people probably love it too. lol I'm a gay dude

The Best Bites at The Clam, Mike Price and Joey Campanaro's West Village Restaurant

An Avant-Garde seafood shack? At those prices? Only in such silly rich places as Manhattan or parts of L.A. with extreme money.

Italian Reflections of Bensonhurst at Il Colosseo

Lovely, warm review and nice to see some places with reasonable prices that aren't fast food/ fast-casual or like one of those places that JUST serves french fries.

Taste Test: British Digestives

Wow that visit to London where you originally found biscuits must have been before you found your European boyfriend.

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

@ananonnie I have emailed Kenji back and forth about this I wanted to repost some of my emails in the comments to see if others were interested like @lexa99 about doing a food stamp cooking month.

Jack's Wife Freda Is More About the Vibe Than the Food

Seems a bit pricey but looks delicious!

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

I'm not a troll, and I'm not a sadist. I live on food stamps and I suggested to Kenji that he do a month where he eats on a budget. I don't think that makes me a sadistic troll. I think thou doth protest too much.

Ed's Vegan Month Week 3: The Home Stretch (For Cousin Terry)

Also, sorry for your loss.

Ed's Vegan Month Week 3: The Home Stretch (For Cousin Terry)

Ed I suggest to Kenji that you guys do a month where you eat only what a minimum wage job in NY would pay + what food stamps would pay for you to eat. Kenji emailed me back to see he would do it in April. Would you and your wife be interested in participating to show a socially conscious side of Serious Eats?

Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian's Favorite Midtown East Restaurants

Didn't he declare bankruptcy for defrauding his employees? Is this someone we really should be giving publicity too?

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

Werefrog, it used to be where I am that food stamp/EBT dollars were MATCHED at farmer's markets and now it has been reduced to 15 dollars of matching "tokens" (yes they use wooden tokens) if you use your EBT card at a participating farmer's market here. We have something called "WIC" which provides extra sustenance to pregnant women, which is great, but why not provide it to all those in need? We also have a special program to give vouchers to seniors that can only be spent on fruits and veggies. Why not adapt that for people of all ages? Make kids delight in a farm-fresh apple as much as a Mc-Donald's fry!
http://doh.dc.gov/service/special-supplemental-nutrition-program-women-infants-and-children-wic
That is a link to WIC. Its a good read to know the basics of public policy in the U.S. on food.

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

@hdolsa
I am angry because I am hungry. Kenji emailed me to say April would be a food stamp diet month on Serious Eats! I'm pretty excited about that! I read Leah Douglas's food policy columns on here with zest and wish she got more space to post editorial opinions about how say, the Farm Bill, causes hunger AND obesity vs. yet another way of making the perfect X kind of food with a novel technique. If you wish for things to get better, call your local congress representative and demand a living wage and livable food stamp benefit amounts for all Americans. Why not give all Americans, regardless of income, a voucher monthly for 100 dollars that can only be used to buy fresh fruits or vegetables? You can enact change hdolsa, as can I! Nothing is more exciting than progress.

Words to live by:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

Mark Bittman makes the best food and you can totally do it on a budget and I have been doing it on a budget for years. From dorm room cooking in College to my current food stamp situation he has been my shaman through learning how to cook, on my own, to the the point where I got hired as a line-cook for a fine dining restaurant without prior restaurant experience. I highly suggest everyone here read Bittman vs. Lopez-Alt vs Rhee (Pioneer Woman Cooks) to get a perspective on how you can be socially conscious completely or just not at all. Some poor people are educated, as you said we are not all alike, but we do often have the same issues with obesity, hunger, and the fact that food stamps were CUT last fall (11 dollars) was a real hit to me and many others who rely on them. I read Cunard Queen's Grille menus for fun, I know the food is expensive and ostentatious but I can dream, can't I? And yes, I do spoil myself sometimes with a big cheap cut of meat when my EBT card gets its monthly reload. Those who think people on food stamps should just eat rice and beans should try living the life before talking the talk.

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

Its not "fine" I think much of the content here is elitist and this is echoed on other food and cooking boards I frequent who sometimes comment on this website (they don't take it very seriously, to put it nicely). But there's a time and place for fantasy food and there's a time and place where if you are going to stake a claim to socially conscious eating, Jacob, there is much more to it than simply embarking on a restrictive diet with no budgetary limitations.
Paul

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

Sometimes when I am hungry and cannot afford food I read this site and other cooking boards. If I want an example of socially-naive or even harmful cooking i can read "Pioneer Woman Cooks" (which I do, as a work of satire though). I wonder if others ever do the same. Reading about the best food in the world is sometimes wonderful to take your mind off the crushing pain hunger can induce.
Paul

Vegan: Carrot and Rye Berry Salad with Celery, Cilantro, and Marcona Almonds

How about you do a month where you cook only what you can afford to make on food stamps and then we see what you come up with? No advance planning, just on the spot, cheap eats. Even adding in how much you could afford to cook with given a minimum wage job + food stamps, which is a reality for millions of Americans like myself. That would be really novel journalism and I think everyone could use to read that. I bet you would find cheap, processed grains would factor in heavily as hunger sets in. Veganism is, in part, about being socially conscious and the U.S., as we both know does not subsidize fresh fruits or vegetables anywhere near to the level they do with grains (I don't eat much meat and when I do its not exactly prime), so I don't see why a socially conscious chef like you couldn't try a much harder challenge of a limited budget (max 189 per person per month) vs just an anything goes vegan recipes. Mark Bittman's flexitarian column, which I hope you read tackles these issues of cooking with health and money in mind in ways yours does not. I find your columns an interesting read in the same way I like reading old Delmonico's menus and dreaming of better days.
Paul
p.s. I am shopping at the local grocery store and I have caloric needs to meet. Its pretty hard to do that with just vegetables. Processed grains and meats will always be cheaper in most cities in the U.S. Have you noticed that Mississsippi has a lot of Obese residents as well as a lot of residents on food stamps? Sometimes eating cheap means sacrificing eating healthy. Mark Bittman's recent column on Cassoulet or Ribollita for a crowd with lots of veggies and little meat was revelatory. A fancy salad? Not so much for me. I grew up with his cooking and watched his recipes become more conscious of health and social and economic issues and as you are an MIT trained scientist it is easy for you to be privileged and show off the fanciest of foods but much harder to share your privilege to better the world, one plate at a time, as Mr. Bittman appears to be doing. This is the most well-read food blog on the internet, I don't see why the focus couldn't be on affordability as well as health. Vegan cooking is nothing of a challenge compared to cooking on a food stamp budget. I challenge you to take that on and show your readers that life is not all just restrictive diets and fancy gourmet food. It may not be glamorous, but you could genuinely help people out more so I think than with a complicated recipe for vegan nacho cheese sauce that I honestly don't imagine many poor people ever making for any reason.

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