Is Sugar Killing Us? At the risk of being a Grinch, the Christmas season is a pretty good time to consider the possibility that sugar is killing us. It is yet another holiday in which sweets play a primary role, with candy canes dangling on trees, cookies or Coca-Cola set aside for Santa and visions of sugar plums (which are not fruit but hard candies) dancing in children’s heads.
AA Gill’s last article: “More life with your kids, more life with your friends, more life spent on earth — but only if you pay”: AA Gill used to think that being an NHS patient was like travelling second class on a train, grittier than first class, but in the end everyone ended up at the same destination. But in his farewell piece he tells of his discovery of a drug not available on the NHS.
The best thing I ate in 2016: If I tell you that the best thing I ate this year was in January, please don’t think that the rest of my eating year has been a disappointment: know that I would never allow that to be the case. I have a big thing about chips. Whenever I go out, I ask if the chips I see on the menu are hand-cut. I’m nearly always told they are; they invariably aren’t. That’s no good – I’m not interested if they’re triple-fried in goose fat if they’re not hand-cut. It’s all about the rough edges, you see.
The 20 best food books of 2016: Observer Food Monthly’s choice of recipe collections, reference books and all things food-related. Gift wrap them, or keep them for yourself.
Gordon Ramsay on food critic Giles Coren: ‘You pompous prick’: Chef Gordon Ramsay has just opened up a new brasserie in Bordeaux named – what else? – Le Bordeaux Gordon Ramsay, a split-level dining room in the town’s Le Grand Hôtel. But what does he think about social media critics and the likes of Giles Coren? In this month’s issue of British GQ, Features Director Jonathan Heaf caught up with Chef Ramsay at his newest restaurant, InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, to find out.
This Guy Spends $2.75 A Year On Food And Eats Like A King: Over the last two years, William Reid has spent just $5.50 on food. Reid is a committed dumpster diver: He dredges unsold grub from supermarket dumpsters and collects food scraps wherever he finds them. And he feasts. A graduate student in film and electronic media at American University in Washington, D.C., Reid forswore store-bought food in August 2014. Since then, he’s been munching on found meals of green vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, milk and candy ― really, “anything you can imagine,” he said, adding that he’s never gotten sick from food he’s scavenged, nor has he ever lacked access to healthy meals.
Pig, Pig, Pig: Eating Spain with Matt Goulding: The foreword of Grape, Olive, Pig, Matt Goulding’s latest book, consists of a correspondence regarding the birth of the book between the author and Anthony Bourdain, the chef and food writer well known for his global, food-centric travels. Goulding writes, “I’ve been pocketing these stories for years, saving them in the dank bodega of my mind like a bottle of ’74 Vega Sicilia, waiting for the right moment to decant and drink. Now’s the time.” Bourdain replies, “Might I respond to your last with a resounding ‘Fuck You!’”