FROM Andrew Martin
The Powerful Pizza Lobby Five years ago, a powerful group formed to influence American politics. Not a presidential campaign or a Super PAC, but the American Pizza Community. Its a group that lobbies on behalf of pizza. Of the nearly 12,000 registered lobbyist groups in Washington, it’s the only one that represents a specific dish, and it has spent millions to influence policy makers. What do pizza’s proponents want?
143 Million Pounds of Beef Recalled In the past two years, the Hallmark Meat packing plant in Chino, California produced 143 million pounds of beef. Thirty-seven million pounds went to school lunch and other public nutrition programs. Now, most of it has already been eaten, but Hallmark has recalled it anyway. Andrew Martin is business reporter for the New York Times .
The great tasting menu debate, cast-iron skillets, grapeless wine Esquire’s Jeff Gordinier weighs in on the pros and cons of tasting menus. Alec Lee of Ava Winery explains the science behind producing wine without a single grape. Food and travel writer Shane Mitchell shares stories from her new book, “Far Afield.” Plus: Jonathan Gold recommends Filipino dishes to try at Irenia, and Charlotte Druckman serves up a cast iron skillet pistachio-cherry danish recipe.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.