The Mistreatment of Hazelnut Workers in Turkey

We’ve known for a long time that Nutella contains palm oil, a very problematic ingredient. David Segal’s recent article in The New York Times on hazelnut farms in Turkey has opened our eyes to further issues with Nutella; this time surrounding the mistreatment of workers who harvest the hazelnuts used to make Nutella and other popular products.  “About 70 percent…

Balsamic Vinegar Grape Fraud in The Guardian

We are fierce defenders of real balsamic vinegar and news like this latest balsamic article from the The Guardian makes our blood boil. Lorenzo Tondo reported on the seizure of more than 18 million pounds of crushed grapes by the Italian police as part of an investigation into fraudulent  balsamic vinegar production. Tondo writes, “The fraudsters allegedly…

Palm oil: why is it SO bad

The World Health Organization just published a report titled “The palm oil industry and noncommunicable diseases.”  We are so grateful to Marion Nestle who breaks this report down for us on her blog, Food Politics.  As Marion says, the report explains “how the palm oil industry is promoting obesity and chronic disease as well as environmental degradation…

Truffle Oil Legal Action

The NYTimes recently reported that people are getting angry about truffle oil. So angry that they are suing. “Here in the United States, bottling the truffle has become big business. In May, four class-action lawsuits filed in New York and California accused… [companies] of ‘false, misleading, and deceptive misbranding’ of its truffle oil products… ingredients…

Are those real San Marzano tomatoes?

We are really excited for this new article in Taste magazine about San Marzano Tomatoes. We like it because it’s blunt and to the point. Mari Uyehara, the article’s author, just gets it. One of her main points is: “Better to find a canned tomato that specializes in tomatoes, not advertising.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves….

What is Made in Italy? No one knows.

Everyone wants “Made in Italy.” From a marketing standpoint, it doesn’t get much sexier than “Made in Italy.” However, the “Made in Italy” claim is not regulated. It’s not regulated but it’s everywhere. As Reuters explains, every year foreign “Made in Italy” imitations generate $67 billions in global sales. That’s right, billions and billions are made off…

Balsamic IGP, an Industrial Product

In La Voce di New York, Alessandra Ferretti writes about a very important issue, Aceto Balsamico. She discusses Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale DOP and how it is a true treasure of the Italian gastronomy, culture, and tradition. She also talks about Aceto Balsamico of Modena IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta), which is on every shelf of every supermarket…

What’s up with Italian 00 flour?

Franco Berrino is probably the most well-known nutritionist in Italy and he has a big opinion about Italian 00 flour. Actually he calls refined 00 flour the “most dangerous poison humanity has ever seen.” Damn. Simply put, 00 flour is extremely refined flour made with only grano tenero (soft wheat). It is flour that has…

In LA, Filippo Berio is the image of Made in Italy

Teatro Naturale, an Italian online newspaper dedicated to food, agriculture, and the environment recently reported some sad news about Made in Italy. The Los Angeles Times organized the LA Food Bowl, a food and wine festival. It collaborated with many cultural institutes from countries with excellent food traditions. The Italian Cultural Institute of LA participated,…

What is whole wheat?

Practically everything you see in the USA labeled as “whole wheat” is not whole. Did we just blow your mind? Sorry, not sorry. How do we know that this is true? Because there is just not THAT MUCH whole wheat flour being milled. According to the amazing and thorough article, Bread is Broken by Ferris Jabr in the…