Muffins are Dessert

What do you usually eat for breakfast?  Perhaps it’s a pastry and coffee, a bowl of cereal, or maybe a delicious muffin with a mug of tea.   If any of these are your go-to breakfast you may be eating dessert for breakfast. What makes something a dessert?  If sugar in any of its forms is … Continue reading

Gluten: Friend, Foe or Fad?

Every day brings new gluten-free foods to the grocery shelf.  In many different media there are strident voices denouncing gluten as a big problem, and others extolling the virtues of gluten rich wheat as a the staff of life.  Let’s explore what gluten is, why there’s so much attention being paid to it today, and … Continue reading

Food Hero — Marion Nestle

Independence Day in the USA is a good day to celebrate our nation’s heroes.  One of my  heroes is nutrition and public health professor  Marion Nestle.    She is an accomplished author and speaker and has helped shape food policy in our nation for many years.  She is a sensible person.  She works for the public … Continue reading


Got a globe?  Then you can play a dinner table/global affairs inspiring game that my family invented years ago.  We call it Stump.  Here’s what we do. Go get your globe.  Then someone tries to stump someone else at the dinner table.  The person being stumped closes his or her eyes while the stumper chooses … Continue reading

Four Questions

The subtitle of this blog is food + conversation + people = dinner.  I tend to focus on the food part, as that’s a strong interest of mine.  But I believe that the conversation part of the dinner is just as important.  Last night at dinner I was reminded of a simple practice that my … Continue reading

The Farm Bill and the Dinner Table

The senate is about to vote on the 2012 Farm Bill.  Why should you care?  What does this huge, complex piece of legislation have to do with the dinner table?  A lot.  The affordability, sustainability and quality of food for the American dinner table is at stake, and your government representatives need to hear from … Continue reading

NYC big gulp ban

I am delighted to hear about the proposed ban on large servings of sugary soda in NYC.  Public health folks are taking aim at what many in the field agree is an easy target: sugary soda. “There’s very strong scientific evidence that when people are served more they eat more, or in this case drink … Continue reading

The Weight of the Nation Parts One & Two

I watched with interest the first two parts of this important series.   Parts one and two asked  the questions: “What and Why?”  Answering “what” was pretty easy:  our nation is suffering an alarming rise in obesity – across the age, gender, and race spectrum.  It can rightly be called an epidemic.  There is little controversy … Continue reading

Watch tonight: Weight of the Nation

There’s a 4 part film series debuting on HBO tonight called “Weight of the Nation.”  I intend to watch (yeah for being able to watch online!  I don’t have cable).  This film series highlights the major reasons why our nation — and increasingly our world — is suffering from alarming increases in rates of obesity. … Continue reading