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The Woks of Life Is Shaping Chinese Home Cooking in America. And It’s Only Getting Started

bon appetit – “Since 2013, the Leungs have published hundreds of recipes that now receive millions of views every month, and they’ve solidified their reputation as a trusted resource with detailed guides that walk home cooks through the necessary equipment and ingredients to make their dishes. Over the years, they’ve garnered a cult-like following among chefs and Chinese cooking enthusiasts alike. The chef J. Kenji López-Alt says the Leungs’ recipes, both inspirational and functional, have helped him bring his own family around the dinner table. “The Leungs are as real as it gets,” he says. The cookbook author and restaurateur Molly Yeh writes in an email that the Leungs’ “knowledge of Chinese cooking is encyclopedic.” Friends tell me they and their relatives consult the blog all the time, which I can relate to—The Woks of Life is about the only site my entire family consults, including my father, who notoriously shirks recipes.”

Asteroids! Solar Storms! Nukes! Climate Calamity! Killer Robots!

Washington Post: “A guide to contemporary doomsday scenarios — from the threats you know about to the ones you never think of…There are just so many things we don’t want to happen. There are so many potential doomsdays. This is not the cheeriest topic, to be sure, but it’s endlessly fascinating if you can stomach… Continue Reading

9 in 10 US counties have experienced a climate disaster in the last decade

Rebuild by Design: “Ninety percent of U.S. counties have experienced a federal climate disaster between 2011-2021, with some having as many as 12 disasters during that time. In 2021 alone, the U.S. experienced 20 separate billion-dollar climate disasters with over 688 direct or indirect fatalities. We can do better. Rebuild by Design worked with APTIM and… Continue Reading

The Official Apple Rankings

“Brian Frange is a comedian and writer who has been yelling about apples for years. He started yelling about apples professionally in 2016 while working on Comedy Central’s Not Safe with Nikki Glaser while serving as co-host on the Not Safe Podcast. Shortly after that he started the Tumblr apple review blog The Appleist and… Continue Reading

National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy… Continue Reading

Inside the Global Effort to Keep Perfectly Good Food Out of the Dump

The New York Times: “In Seoul, garbage cans automatically weigh how much food gets tossed in the trash. In London, grocers have stopped putting date labels on fruits and vegetables to reduce confusion about what is still edible. California now requires supermarkets to give away — not throw away — food that is unsold but… Continue Reading

World Weather Attribution

Download the full study: High temperatures exacerbated by climate change made 2022 Northern Hemisphere droughts more likely, pdf (55 pages, 5.2 MB) “High temperatures exacerbated by climate change made 2022 Northern Hemisphere droughts more likely 05 October, 2022. Western Central Europe, North America, China, and other parts of the Northern Hemisphere faced water shortages, extreme… Continue Reading

Should I Eat That? Food Safety with Wolfram Language

Wolfram Blog: “Foodborne illness, or food poisoning, is something many of us have experienced. According to the World Health Organization, almost 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill each year after eating contaminated food. Luckily, by following recommended food safety practices, we can do our best to avoid getting sick. September is Food… Continue Reading

Chocolate Report Released regarding Lead and Cadmium

National Law Review: “As You Sow and the National Confectioners Association released a report on August 18, 2022 that determines the predominant sources of lead and cadmium in chocolate products and how best to reduce these levels.  A multi-disciplinary panel of four experts have been investigating the matter for three years.  The report is part of… Continue Reading

Coffee vs. tea smackdown

Washington Post – Which beverage will claim the world title for healthiest drink? – “Whatever your preference, scientists have found that regularly drinking coffee or tea can provide a variety of health benefits. But how do coffee and tea compare in a head-to-head matchup? We took a look at the research, and here’s what we… Continue Reading

House GOP Agenda Signals Push for Social Security and Medicare Cuts

Common Dreams – “House Republicans on [September 21, 2022] unveiled parts of a policy agenda that indicates the party would push for cuts to Social Security and Medicare if it retakes the majority in November. A one-page summary of the agenda that House Republicans, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), are expected to formally… Continue Reading