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Publication Wed Feb 28 2007

Fixation on Food

The lead story on the Tribune's website this evening demands "Are you really going to eat that?" and declares "Food fanaticism gets out of control." In the article, author Emily Nunn bemoans the fraught culture of food that has developed over the past few years in the United States and worldwide. The story is cynical, bitter, and sadly, very truthful. Nunn claims that eating today is so politicized that it is nearly impossible to ingest anything without a guilty conscience. The article includes a reader poll, posing two questions: “Do you think American culture has become too fanatical about food?” and “Do you worry about what you eat?” The current responses are telling: 66.4 percent claim that we are too obsessed with what we eat, while an almost equal 68 percent claim that they worry about food just as much as the next guy. If you ask me, it’s really not all that surprising how much time and energy we focus on food. Aside from air and water, there’s not much more that’s quite as essential to human life.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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