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Alex Chambers

Alex Chambers started baking bread in a rental house in college, and has been working to achieve that perfect loaf ever since. In the meantime, he’s taught cultural studies and creative writing on campuses and in prisons and community centers, and sourdough bread-baking at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Bloomington. He publishes poems and essays in various journals, when he’s not busy raising kids and roasting Brussels sprouts.

Recent Posts by Alex Chambers

May 8, 2019

 

Seafood Without The Sea: Will Lab-Grown Fish Hook Consumers?

The seafood industry has some well-publicized problems: from overfishing to contaminants that make their way into fish. Now, a handful of startups aim to offer a "clean" alternative grown from cells.

May 7, 2019

 

Chef Enrique Olvera Celebrates Mexican Cuisine In His New Book

Enrique Olvera's restaurant Pujol has made multiple "best-of" lists, but he nearly didn't have a culinary career. His new cookbook is inspired by the perfect imperfections of Mexican home cooking.

May 6, 2019

 

Restaurant Fights Waste By Chopping Menu Prices Till Food Is Gone

Every Sunday, Farmhouse Tavern plans how to sell out of perishable food and open bottles of wine so it can shut up shop with an empty refrigerator for the next three days, when it is closed.

May 3, 2019

 

Alex Chambers Interviews Andrea Wiley And Christa Voirol

From Celiac's disease to gluten sensitivity, to low-carb diets--food scholars talk about what's going on with wheat.

May 1, 2019

 

How The Pennsylvania Dutch Turned A Town Into A Snack Food Empire

In a food landscape dominated by multinational conglomerates like Frito-Lay and PepsiCo, the small town of Hanover, Pa., has produced homegrown snacks for a century and is still thriving today.

April 30, 2019

 

Backyard Chicken Farmers Scramble To Give Their Eggs Away

Some food pantries are benefiting from home chicken keepers' desire to keep collecting the birds as pets, which results in more eggs than they can handle. But sometimes it can be hard to find takers.

April 29, 2019

 

Study Says Meal Kits Have Smaller Carbon Footprint Than Shopping

While it may seem that heaps of plastic from meal kit delivery services make them less environmentally friendly than traditional grocery shopping, a new study suggests that's not necessarily true.

April 24, 2019

 

Grits – A Dish Born Of Poverty Now On Fine-Dining Menus

Interest in grits is rising because of heirloom corn varieties and the backing of master chefs. But the Southern staple has deep roots that wind through economics, race, politics — and nostalgia.

April 23, 2019

 

An Amusing ’60s Twist To A Classic Passover Dish

Gefilte fish dish can be made from fresh fish or frozen fillets. It's sold in jars at the supermarket. Turns out there's one more version. It might make you laugh — or go "yuck."

April 22, 2019

 

Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?

Some environmentalists say food production needs a fundamental reboot, with crops that stay rooted in the soil for years, like Kernza, a prairie grass. Even General Mills says it likes the idea.

April 17, 2019

 

Food Shop Helps Kosovo War-Rape Survivors Earn Income — And Heal

Victims are still stigmatized; many keep their trauma a secret. A new shop offers survivors an income stream, sometimes for the first time in their lives, by selling their homemade traditional foods.

April 16, 2019

 

To Be Young, Gifted And Black In Fine Dining

Kwame Onwuachi's new memoir, Notes From A Young Black Chef, isn't just about his rise from poverty to celebrated restaurateur. It's also a meditation on being a black man in a rarefied world.

April 15, 2019

 

Farmers Running Out Of Easy Options As Weeds Outsmart Weedkillers

In the long-running war between farmers and weeds, it's advantage, weeds. Scientists in Kansas have found examples of the dreaded pigweed that are immune to the newest weed-killing technologies.

April 12, 2019

 

Lawmakers Consider Ways To Help Great Plains Farmers After Flooding

There's a growing debate between congress and the USDA about how to help out farmers who’ve lost their grain due to flooded storage bins.

April 10, 2019

 

How Some In The Beef Industry Are Bucking Antibiotics

Most beef cattle receive antibiotics in their feed to prevent liver abscesses while eating a high-energy diet. There's growing pressure on feedlots to stop this — and some have. But it's costly.

April 9, 2019

 

How A Seed Bank Helps Preserve Cherokee Culture Through Food

The seeds are free for any Cherokee, but recipients have been limited because demand is so high. Collecting the seeds has been difficult and emotional, but the program has helped unify the community.

April 8, 2019

 

Growing Corn Is A Major Contributor To Air Pollution, Study Finds

A study ties an estimated 4,300 premature deaths a year to the air pollution caused by corn production in the U.S. In some regions, the per-bushel health costs exceed the corn's market price.

April 2, 2019

 

Pediatricians Call For Soda Taxes

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, in a joint statement, endorsed taxes on sugary drinks, restrictions on marketing to kids and incentives for healthier purchases.

March 28, 2019

 

The New (Old) Bean

Chickpeas are trending! Find out why in this wrap up from Alex Chambers.

March 27, 2019

 

Why Restaurant Demand For Smaller Fish Is Bad News For Oceans

Many U.S. chefs and retailers prefer intact fillets that constitute a single portion. That demand is driving overfishing for young fish that haven't reproduced. A new campaign aims to change that.

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