Required reading

Michael Pollan’s essay in the NYTimes Sunday magazine: Unhappy Meals. Nothing like nutritional science to take all the joy out of eating.

[Related story: At a Farm Bill workshop last week, a speaker (a nutritionist, it must be noted) was about to describe a point she was making as the “bread and butter” of her remarks, but then corrected herself, saying that she felt compelled to say instead “whole grains and olive oil”. Something’s wrong with our society when bread and butter have become the pariahs of the table. Which reminds me: I need to go pick up some Beurre d’Isigny and a loaf from Sullivan Street Bakery.]

But then Robert pointed up a profile of this guy, and I have to say, I’m pretty intrigued by his book.

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