A few of the food stories that caught my eye this week:
The contaminated peanut butter story is following the normal arc -- the death count is now up to eight, hundreds are sickened, and reporters discover deplorable factory conditions and no proper oversight. But wait! It's not all depressing. In the Obama era, public outrage seems to have some effect on the government. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has announced he's going to try to consolidate oversight of food safety issues under one of the two agencies that currently split the task (four, if you count the CDC and EPA).
Just in time for the chocolaty-est of holidays, the LA Times has a story on how much people love Nutella. Here's a suggestion for a followup: How much people love kittens.
I don't know if this New York Times story on everyday meals from immigrants was timed for Valentine's Day, but it's tinged with the right sweetness. Although I don't think I'll be making pahjun with peanut butter anytime soon.
In Chow's Grinder blog, Deborah Lewis reports on a cultural trope that -- proven or unproven -- we're going to be seeing more of in the next few years: Learning to cook prevents obesity.
I've been pleased with the reporting on our bitter rival's blog about the foie gras protests, but I'm completely in sync with the Accidental Hedonist's take on the issue. She follows that up with a sensible primer on what people are defending and protesting.
In case you're interested in making Korean pancakes tonight, here's a cooking video. Just don't get distracted by the Amy Winehouse background music. Or the hat: