Hailey’s Bean Salad

The bean salad we enjoyed at Meredith’s going away party came from a book called Plant Pure Nation, which is the practical companion to a film detailing what happened to people in small-town North Carolina who stopped eating animals for a couple of weeks — their diseases of affluence disappeared. It’s a subversive documentary which…

Strictly Speaking About Kale

Does it matter if I say my kale is healthy? Or my broccoli? Or my shot of wheatgrass juice? Michael Ruhlman thinks it does. “No food is healthy,” Ruhlman reminds us. “Not even kale.” In an article in Sunday’s Washington Post, Ruhlman asserts that one reason most of us eat poorly is that we think…

Kale as Tender as Parsley

I ate my kale with pinto beans and quinoa — not a fancy dish, but cheap and nourishing. First I braised the kale with some onion, and since heat softens the flavor of kale, sauteed onion controlled the flavor of the dish. That was all right. I had eaten a lot of the kale raw…

Does Wheatgrass Accelerate Recovery?

I used to be an athlete. When I was 17, I could swim 100 yards of freestyle in 47 seconds, and no one has ever swum 100 yards of butterfly at the West Side Swim Club in Madison Wisconsin as fast as I did one day in 1976. But the exercise I do these days…