Wednesday’s starters

picture-12Bookmark this: From aamchur to zira, the UK-based site The Foody defines herbs and spices–as well as fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and other items. Nice if you’re making a British recipe and forgot that an aubergine is an eggplant.

picture-21It’s one way to fight the deficit: New York Governor David Patterson proposes an 18% sin tax on sugary beverages. Hard fiscal times makes so-called “obesity taxes” on junk food more appealing than ever, says Kelly Brownell, director of Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & ObesityBusiness Week

© Helen Panphilova |

© Helen Panphilova |

Vitamin D is the “it” nutrient, especially for people with diabetes. Managing  vitamin D deficiency “may be a simple and cost-effective method to improve blood sugar control and prevent the serious complications associated with diabetes,” says Joanne Kouba, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., study co-author and clinical assistant professor of dietetics, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing–The Diabetes Educator

picture-32Dining out on a shoestring: Best cheap eats across the country, from LA to Atlanta–



picture-41Can those who critique cook? Ummm, no. Feared French food critic Francois Simon takes a turn at the stove–The New York Times


picture-51Room for another cooking competition TV show? The Los Angeles Times’ Rene Lynch reviews the Food Network’s “Chopped” and deems it worthy of a place on the broadcast menu. The folks at Serious Eats aren’t so sure.