The Scientist and the Stairmaster by Gary Taubes (New York magazine): Does exercise make us lose weight? A nutrition writer says no, and my little world threatens to shatter.
Foodie Boy by Alex James (UK Guardian): First the Guardian ran the food-travel diaries of Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos. Now it's hired the Blur bassist to be a food columnist. Here he talks about his switch from rock to cheesemaking. Look at the bottom of the page for the link to his video podcast.
An Ex-Con Breadmaker Has a Good Wrap by Kimberly Hartnett (Crosscut): After spending 15 years in the joint, Portlander Dave Dahl cleans up and starts baking Dave's Killer Bread, which is (thankfully) no reflection on his criminal record; you can find the bread at Metropolitan Markets. Let me know if you think it's good.
Two bonus links:
So my favorite food story of the week, in the agriculture weekly The Capital Press, is only available to subscribers. It's about how mainstream science is finally recognizing what sustainable-ag advocates have been saying for years: That the green revolution, which developed higher-yield varieties of grains, fruits, and vegetables, has produced grains, fruits, and vegetables much lower in critical nutrients. One example cited in the story: You now have to eat two slices of wheat bread to get the same nutrients you would have from a slice of wheat bread baked a half-century ago (not that they're advocating you try the latter). Read the full report the Capital Press story discusses at the Organic Center.