At Butter, we try to be a daily advertisement for efforts to build community and restore our earth through the connections we make with each other, our food, and the world around us. Now, more than ever, this seems like a counter-cultural message.
The image of village resonates with me as a way to take our large-scale urban environment down to a more natural level. In doing so, I’m learning more about my role in this unique climate that is the neighborhood around Butter Bakery Café.
At the beginning of the year I did what most Americans do, I made a resolution. It was a resolution to clean up the food in my kitchen and to eat better. Over the next few months I will be writing about the big ideas in Bittman and Pollan's books and sharing how I have or haven’t implemented them.
Cooked, a new documentary by Michael Pollan and Alex Gibney on Netflix, is a beautifully filmed series about the role cooking plays in what makes us human. If you’re interested in seeing a show about food where you actually learn something new and are entertained Cooked is worth watching
Recently I was tasked with teaching a group of people I work with what GMOs (genetically modified organisms), rBST, artificial flavors and colors are and why we are starting to talk about them as a company. My purpose was not to scare anyone or to take a political stance, I just wanted to share facts, show them how food has changed and maybe get them to understand that paying attention to these things is important to them and for our business.
The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food is Dan Barber’s thought provoking book about the future of food. What makes the book so compelling is how Barber combines his knowledge of being a working chef with an openness to explore where the ingredients he’s cooking come from, how they are grown, and an understanding that we need to find a different way to eat if we are going to thrive.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently ruled that artificial trans fat is not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in human food. As a result of this, food manufacturers will have three years to remove all sources of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from their products.