CK Friday Links--Friday January 22, 2010

Here's yet another selection of particularly interesting links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts and your feedback.

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A schoolteacher makes the monumental commitment to eat the food in her school's cafeteria every single day for a year. Sadly, school lunches today are just as vile as when I was a kid. (Fed Up: School Lunch Project, via Alosha's Kitchen)

Kris stumbles into a 1960s-era cookbook and finds several deeply horrifying recipes--including Prune Whip, Beige Macaroni (?) and Onion Ice Cream. Hilarious. (Cheap Healthy Good)

Six brief tips for a diet for optimal mental and physical health. (Chow and Chatter)

Malcolm Gladwell explains in a video how the food industry revolutionized its approach to making consumers happy--and why there's 36 kinds of Ragu spaghetti sauce. Starts slow, but quickly becomes fascinating. (

Recipe Links:
A laughably easy and laughably cheap vegetarian Quasi Caldo Verde, or Portuguese Kale Soup. (30 Bucks a Week)

Nine, count 'em, nine, delicious homemade salad dressing recipes from my favorite minimalist food blogger Jules. (stonesoup)

Read Joanne's intriguing Brazilian-Style Salmon Fish Stew and she'll throw in a free anatomy lesson! (Eats Well With Others)

Off-Topic Links:
This week's unsolicited book recommendation: Andre Agassi's new autobiography Open, which is by far the best sports biography I've ever read. I can count on one hand the number of books I've read that make me think and make me repeatedly laugh out loud. This is one of them.

Be a real blogger, not a perfect blogger. (Savvy Blogging)

A short post with exceptional insights on how people use psychological projection to give away their power to money. (The Writer's [Inner] Journey, via @melanievotaw)

If you're one of the few people on Earth who hasn't read the Twilight saga, here's a hilariously condescending deconstruction of the novel's dramatic devices. (The Oatmeal)

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Anonymous said...

After viewing the school lunch blog, I no longer wonder why my child shudders when I ask him if he wants to buy lunch. Ew. Especially if it looks anything like what that teacher is eating.

Joanne said...

hey Dan thanks for featuring my salmon stew post! I spent many years eating hot lunch on and off (I would get bored of my mom's sandwiches and insist she let me get it...looking back, that was a dumb move) and so I am super intrigued by the article you posted about that teacher. Maybe this much exposure will get the school lunch system changed!

Daniel said...

The School Lunch Project blog was definitely the most popular link this week. It's funny I never ate hot lunches at school--the food was way too vile. Thanks lyttlebyrd and Joanne for the comments!

PS: Joanne, thanks for posting that recipe... keep 'em coming!