Food and Drink

"Jeni’s Everything Bagel ice cream boldly goes where no bagel has gone before"

I'm sorry but I just don't see liking it. I want onion and garlic kept away from my ice cream

According to the label, it’s a cream cheese ice cream sprinkled with a “buttery streusel” containing sesame, poppy seeds, and, yes, onion and garlic. Jeni’s bills the flavor as an ice cream “acceptable to eat any time of day" . . . 


"Only eat organic? You’re paying too much, and it’s not worth it, author says"

A review in the Harvard Gazette of the upsides and downsides--mostly down--of organic food.

Farmers tend to hold back because producing food organically requires more human labor to handle the composted animal manure used for fertilizer, as well as more labor to control weeds without chemicals (sometimes putting down nonbiodegradable plastic mulch instead). It also requires more land for every bushel of production, further driving up costs. Trying to grow all of our food organically today would require farming a much wider area, damaging wildlife habitat. Rachel Carson, the founder of our modern environmental movement, never endorsed organic farming. Her 1962 book “Silent Spring” condemned synthetic insecticides like DDT, but Carson saw no reason to ban manufactured fertilizers, a requirement under the organic standard. . . .

Quests for purity in food and farming are not as dangerous as they are in race or religion, but they are just as lacking in scientific justification, and the advocates can be just as exasperating. Calvin Trillin put it nicely: “The price of purity is purists.”