Last week the World Health Organization released a report that linked consumption of red and processed meats to colon cancer. In the category of processed meats, the W.H.O. panel includes bacon, sausages, hot dogs — basically any meat that has been cooked through processes like curing and smoking for preservation or to enhance flavor.
During the question-and-answer period following his talk last Thursday at the Manhattan JCC, Mark Bittman was coy when an audience member asked for details about why he’d left the New York Times. (In his farewell column, Bittman wrote that he was going “to do what I’ve been writing about these many years: to make it easier for people to eat more plants.”)
Traveling to Israel, like visiting Rome or Paris, tends to result in euphoric, sometimes life-altering food experiences. For me, it was all about the Turkish coffee. I was 24 and somewhere in the Negev desert, staffing a bike ride along with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian alumni of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.