José Andrés Interviews Fellow Chef Michel Nischan

Throughout my life, I’ve been lucky to know and work with many amazing people. People who commit themselves to wanting to make change and making people’s lives better. They truly inspire me, and I only can hope that I inspire them, too.

My friend Michel Nischan is just one of those people. A chef, author, restaurateur and CEO, Michel has lead a life dedicated to others, and as a chef for more than 30 years, he has worked tirelessly to feed people healthy and wholesome meals. Growing up on a farm in Illinois, he has an astonishing appreciation for agriculture and for those who work the land. Michel’s connection ...

The Locavore Astronaut: Developing Food in Space

Back in April, I wrote about NASA’s $125,000 grant to develop a 3-D food printer that dishes out food-as-we-know-it substitutes for long-term space missions and—perhaps—the first permanent residents of Mars. If you think this makes me sound like I’m from Mars, read it on their website.

The launch of Mars One is predicted by 2025, although the movie Gravity might do for space travel’s popularity what Titanic’s blockbuster year did for cruises. (more…)

Eat More Kale

“Eat more kale,” in Vermont, is not just a nagging instruction from your mother. In Vermont, these are fighting words.

Kale hit the fan here in 2011, when Vermont artist Bo Muller-Moore decided to trademark the logo EAT MORE KALE that appears on his popular kale-colored T-shirt. (more…)

Next World Fair is Focusing on Food

The 2015 World Expo (a.k.a. World Fair) arrives in Milan in May with one thing on its hungry mind—food.

And the USA Pavilion could be the most important Presidential food statement since John Kennedy called himself a jelly doughnut.

They had me at Milan. Plus never before has a World Expo focused solely on food, and not just for the pleasure and fun of it (although much of that will be had). “Expo Milan: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is well timed for countries to express nationalism productively, with a psychological competition to present solutions for feeding a global population of ...

Removing Antibiotics from Meat Production: The Market is Leading the Way

A week ago, I spent two days outside Washington, D.C. at the sprawling campus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The occasion was the first public meeting in three years of a government effort known as NARMS, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, a multi-agency project that keeps track of antibiotic resistance in livestock, retail meat and people.  (more…)

Could Robot Bees Help Save Our Crops?

RoboBees are swarming, responding to a problem so alarming that President Barak Obama created an action plan for no less than the Departments of Defense, Transportation, and Interior. If RoboBees sound like they are more likely to be “vs. Godzilla” than a great friend to the good food movement, read on.

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the phenomenon of a dramatic worldwide reduction in honeybees, threatens crops that depend on pollination by bees going about their business collecting nectar to make honey. That’s about a third of the food we farm. No bees, no pollination, no food. 7

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How iPads Change Your Palate

And you thought the iPad was just a tool to cook and eat the things you’ve always liked.

Now studies show the power of the tablet to change palates by expanding what people are willing to try. When eaters use technology with food, we are simply more likely to eat new things. (more…)

Eat Like a Pirate

Don’t let your babies grow up to be pirates.

Historically, pirate life—forget gorgeous swashbuckling Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean—has been brutal, nasty, and short.  Even in the so-called Golden Age of Pirates—a brief slice of time in the late 1600s and early 1700s when such piratical superstars as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd roamed the seas—most pirates lived in cramped miserable quarters and suffered from debilitating disease. The majority of them probably didn’t survive to see thirty and a good number of them ended their careers abruptly on the gallows. It’s a disappointingly unromantic, un-Jack-Sparrow-like picture. And on top of all that, pirates ate terrible food.

Is Better Food the Prescription for a Healthier America?

This above question is the subtitle of the James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) upcoming annual food conference October 27 and 28, and although military generals, studies, and common sense answer yes, the inquiry merits further discussion.

The JBF is the country’s preeminent food organization, at the center of the US culinary community. Although I expected to be surrounded by only my fellow gastronomic devotees at last year’s conference on The Paradox of Appetite, representatives from decidedly non-healthful food corporations had a presence, in the form of their public relations professionals. I appreciated their attendance. 1

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