In which we highlight the past week in food, either at home or abroad.
- “You want Americans to eat less? I have the diet for you. It's short, and it's simple. Here's my diet plan: Cook it yourself.” As quoted in “No One Cooks Here Anymore,” by Michael Pollan.
- “They locked me in a hotel room for three or four days.” A Pennsylvania pastry chef on being a Hell's Kitchen contestant.
- “So when I opened my e-mail the morning the column ran, I had donned my asbestos undershorts.” Russ Parsons on life after questioning organic produce.
- “Say No to Drugs. Don't Eat Farmed Fish.” An Alaska salmon fisherman's bumper sticker.
- “Merchants were putting up businesses that resembled ice cream cones, tamales, coffee kettles…” Why one man decided to construct a 1931 restaurant in the shape of a chili bowl.
- “I tried to deep-fry a Hostess Snowball,” from Chicken Charlie's Midas Touch: Turning Deep-Fried Oreos into Gold.
- “Booze and mowers/tractors don't mix,” from Consumer Reports Tells You How to Store Produce: They'll Rate Appliances AND What's Inside Them.
- “Now I don't even have a pickup truck anymore, I just design,” from But How's the Food? Talking Hospitality Design with Ricki Kline.
- “The sector showing the sharpest decline won't come as much of a surprise: fine dining,” from Restaurant Recession Tally: 4,000 Fewer Restaurants Than A Year Ago.