Friends who once ate French bread and pasta like there was no tomorrow have traded their wheat, barley, and rye for spelt, rice, and oats. If your almond flour-only peers aren't one of the 1 in 133 people who have celiac disease and really can't eat that bread bowl, then they're part of the growing ... More >>
I'm not about to pretend that I know how to solve the economic dilemma that the news business finds itself in. I've been studying the matter, and writing about it off and on, for 16 years, and, like everyone, I really don't know. Maybe it will be nonprofits. Maybe paywalls. Maybe micropayments wi ... More >>
This is another little extra for this week's review of Bar Tartine in the print edition: an interview with the man who made one of the most impressive wines on the restaurant's very interesting wine list.
Liza GershmanDan PetroskiWhen I called Dan Petroski to ask him how he managed to make M ... More >>
Taylor FriedmanThe other Pelosi's take on immigrationDocumentarian Alexandra Pelosi -- yes, that Pelosi -- has doled out heaps of patriotism in her latest film and companion book, Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip. So much so, we imagine former naysayers will go out to buy American flags for t ... More >>
Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.
1. Do you have your food handling card? The Chronicle's Michael Bauer delivers a real inside scoop: Thanks to a new law that no one in California knows about, by July 1 -- that's Fri ... More >>
Jerry Brown, flashing the vocabulary...Badger Jerry Brown enough and he'll admit he's learned something through a lifetime in politics. But it appears he hasn't yet learned how to speak in the Phil Hartman-as-Frankenstein-FIRE BAD! language that has propelled Meg Whitman to the top. Countering a ... More >>
This is the enemy...Although I'm not sure we needed any more evidence that people tend to be followers with terrible judgment, researchers at UC Berkeley have provided it. Their study on perception of competence, recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, ... More >>
By Meredith BrodyIt's that time of the year again, the time we make lists of the best movies, books, meals of the past twelve months - even though, in this Annus pretty much Horribilis, to quote Queen Elizabeth for pretty much the first time in my life, you might not be so much in the mood for looki ... More >>
By Meredith Brody
We love lists, as it happens, almost as much as magazines and their cover blurb writers do (as in Cosmopolitan's invariable "365 New Sexual Positions!" and O the Oprah Magazine's "53 Ways to Give Your Looks a Lift" and Allure's "52 Tips for Irresistible Hair, Makeup, Skin - and At ... More >>
Thanks to Time magazine and its infernal time-wasting "50 Top 10 Lists of 2008," I've discovered a genius filmmaker called Adam Pesapane, a digital artist who calls himself PES.
Time featured, as its #2 Viral Video of 2008, a lovely bit of magic called Western Spaghetti, less than two minutes of ... More >>
Mondo 2000 nailed the emerging cybersexcomputerdrug zeitgeist with its first issue in 1989, making media mavens out of its founders, Queen Mu and R.U. Sirius. But the trippy, fractious family that was Mondo began to implode in 1993, torn asunder bu inter
Mondo 2000 nailed the emerging cybersexcomputerdrug Zeitgeist with its first issue in 1989, making media mavens out of its founders, Queen Mu and R.U. Sirius. But the trippy, fractious family that was Mondo began to implode in 1993, torn asunder by inter