What does the food we eat teach us about who we are? Many people develop fierce loyalty to their regional cuisine—and much more when there is a rich history of personal stories in the surrounding community. Those foods—and those stories—were the focus of this year’s Nashville Reads selection at our award-winning public library and the insightful events related to John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South.
If you browsed supermarkets in the 1990s, chances are you remember the popularity of low-fat diet foods (think fat-free frozen yogurt, reduced fat pastries, and egg-whites-only omelettes). Fearing diet-related ailments like heart disease and weight gain, many health-conscious consumers spent years eschewing full-fat versions of their favorite pantry staples and indulgent treats.
The problem? Sacrificing fat often meant also stealing away important nutrients—and adding in unhealthy amounts of added sugars, chemicals, and preservatives. Today, we take a look at 3 reasons why today’s foodies welcome the re-emergence of fat as a flavorful and satisfying aspect of a well-rounded diet. (more…)
In a time when much of our media landscape is under intense scrutiny for perpetuating click-bait content, manipulation of facts, and outright “fake news,” we find ourselves craving true, transparent fare to fill our bellies as well as our news feeds. The drivers of this trend toward transparency are Millennials and—to an even greater degree—their younger peers, Generation Z.
Today, we’ll take a look at a few ways food producers and retailers are responding to the hunger for honest eating.