The Main Ingredient

The Main Ingredient

I watched the couple in Kroger last week as they moved down one of the over-processed center aisles. “Look!’ exclaimed the woman all too loudly as she picked up the bright yellow box of Kroger’s Frosted Fudge Toaster Treats. “These look...
Eating Locally

Eating Locally

I’ve been reading books lately about food. Not cookbooks (which I have finally just abandoned), but books on how our food is brought to us.  You know what I mean:  what is a Twinkie, where did that tomato come from, and why should I be afraid of that chocolate? To...
Road Through Henan

Road Through Henan

As we drove through the hills of Henan on our way to Luoyang, we passed a steady stream of trucks moving east and west; the eastward trucks were moving in our direction, spreading goods to the major and middle cities, and the westward trucks, heavily laden, were...
Year of the Potato – For Corn Eaters

Year of the Potato – For Corn Eaters

I just found out today—please don’t ask me how—that 2008 is the International Year of the Potato.  That’s IYP, for those of you who are on the inside track. Who knew such amazing facts as 1/3 of all the world’s potatoes are grown in China and India, that Dan Quayle...