The fictional (and extremely unhealthy!) Big Rock Candy Mountain

Michael Giberson From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids Pages, an earnest warning – accompanying the lyrics to the song Big Rock Candy Mountain – not to be lead astray by the wild (and extremely unhealthy!)┬áimages conjured up by the songwriter Harry “Haywire Mac” McClintock: IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT THE LYRICS: Mr. McClintock’s song … More The fictional (and extremely unhealthy!) Big Rock Candy Mountain

Othman on Pickens, Horseflesh, and Hypocrisy

Michael Giberson Abe Othman at Constructive Economics has been reading Boone Pickens: T. Boone Pickens, from his autobiography The Luckiest Guy in the World: I believe the greatest opportunity lies in a free marketplace. There are powerful forces afoot trying to restrict that freedom in the interests of the vested and already wealthy. T. Boone … More Othman on Pickens, Horseflesh, and Hypocrisy

Dynamic pricing for foodies … and for electricity?

Lynne Kiesling If you like to cook and to eat well in Chicago, you can’t avoid chef Grant Achatz (nor should you want to!). His signature restaurant, Alinea, was recently named the best restaurant in the U.S. and one of the best restaurants in the world, and he is a creative, if controversial, innovator of … More Dynamic pricing for foodies … and for electricity?

Jamie Oliver, children and food, and field experiments

Lynne Kiesling Several years ago Jamie Oliver set out to improve school food for a group of British children. In part he was motivated by wanting to impart a love of good, healthy food in children by sharing his own joy in food, and in part he believed that healthier school meals would lead to … More Jamie Oliver, children and food, and field experiments

Weekend cooking

Lynne Kiesling We did a lot of cooking this weekend, including taking advantage of my Christmas holiday baking — I made double batches of pie dough and pizza dough and froze half of what I made for later. I had also frozen some Michigan tart cherries from the farmer’s market last June, so the mid-February … More Weekend cooking

A disgusting display of bureaucratic force from the Chicago Department of Public Health

Lynne Kiesling This is so vile, so disgusting that I am literally nauseated at my desk as I write. One of the ways that independent chefs, caterers and confectioners economize on their substantial fixed costs is by sharing kitchens. In Chicago, the business license treatment of such kitchens from the Chicago Department of Public Health … More A disgusting display of bureaucratic force from the Chicago Department of Public Health

A little innovation with great effect: the new Heinz ketchup packet!

Lynne Kiesling Here’s an example of how a small innovation can have a substantial beneficial impact: Heinz redesigns its ketchup packets to hold three times as much ketchup, and to be squeezed or dipped. No more ketchup splurts on clothes, no more having to get three packets to get as much as you’d like, no … More A little innovation with great effect: the new Heinz ketchup packet!