Wednesday Round-Up: Food, Glorious Food

Inspired by the New York Times Magazine cover story on the addictive power of junk food, today’s Round-Up brings you five resources connected to Oliver Twist’s favorite subject.

1) “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food” by Michael Moss


A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how snacks and fast food are engineered with brain chemistry in mind. They are meant to be addictive. Enjoy this long-read and then click over to this first step in combating Big Food…

2) Trade as One: Fair Trade food delivered to your door monthly

It’s simple: Each month, you’ll get a box of Fair Trade food items delivered right to your residence. It breaks out to about $1 a day. You’ll be eating more healthily and ensuring that farmers and producers in the developing world are making just wages.

3) Bread for the World’s Offering of Letters

Bread for the World is an ecumenical advocacy group lobbying elected officials to work to end hunger here and abroad. Each year, Bread invites congregations to write letters to representatives in Washington on a certain theme. For an introduction to this year’s effort, and to learn how your church can get involved, check out this video:

4) Mark Bittman (The Man Who Makes Me Not Scared to Cook)

I use one and only one cookbook: How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. His recipes are simple, nutritious and flavorful. And he is a tremendous writer and advocate for good eating without being stuffy or inaccessible. Great Twitter feed, as well: @bittman. And a great TED Talk from 2007 worth checking out.

5) Support Camden’s Cathedral Kitchen

This Camden institution provides over 100,000 meals a year to those in need, and also works with people toward achieving self-sufficiency. They’re always looking for volunteers and donors.

One of their neatest programs is the Culinary Arts Training Program, which trains folks from vulnerable populations to work in the food services industry. They also cater!

You can check them out at the Romero Lecture on March 22 at Rutgers-Camden, where they’ll be catering a special reception with keynote speaker Jack Jezreel, founder of JustFaith Ministries. Get tickets and learn more here.




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