Alastair Bland appears in the following:
Monday, February 20, 2017
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Bluefin tuna have been severely depleted by fishermen, and the fish have become a globally recognized poster child for the impacts of overfishing. Many chefs refuse to serve its rich, buttery flesh; many retailers no longer carry it; and consumers have become increasingly aware of the environmental costs associated with ...
Monday, February 29, 2016
Every winter, a small fleet of commercial fishing boats sets gillnets in the San Francisco Bay. Their target: Pacific herring, which enter the estuary in huge numbers to spawn and are easily caught by the millions. The fishermen fill their holds with herring just yards from the waterfront of downtown ...
Friday, December 11, 2015
You probably don't waste a whole lot of wine or booze in your own home. But bars and restaurants throw out alcohol all the time.
The booze, wine and beer left behind in customers' drinks have to be discarded per food safety law, of course.
But what about the wine ...
Monday, December 07, 2015
Friday, November 06, 2015
The West Coast's historic drought has strained many Californians — from farmers who've watched their lands dry up, to rural residents forced to drink and cook with bottled water. Now, thanks to a blazing hot summer and unusually warm water, things are looking pretty bad for salmon, too – and ...
Friday, October 30, 2015
Pumpkins of almost any variety have flesh high in fiber and beta carotene. Their seeds, delicious when toasted or baked, can be rich in potassium and protein.
But we didn't eat the vast majority of the 1.91 billion pounds of pumpkins grown in the U.S. in 2014, according to ...
Thursday, October 22, 2015
In America's fine-dining restaurants, how much workers get paid is closely correlated to the color of their skin.
That's according to a new study from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a labor advocacy group, with research support from the University of California, Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley. The report, Ending ...
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The iconic cartoon character Popeye became most famous for his slapstick routine of eating a can of spinach, then attaining superpowers that he often used to give his gigantic nemesis Bluto a severe pummeling.
But Bluto might be lucky that Popeye never got his hands on a glass of ...
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
In Napa, Calif., a company called Free Flow Wines fills and dispenses reusable wine kegs, which are used by restaurants and bars for serving wine on draft. Every month, the company rinses and refills about 10,000 of the stainless steel casks, each of which eliminates the need for 26 ...
Friday, September 25, 2015
Turned off by a slightly smelly fillet of halibut? Don't think that grilled salmon will be any good tomorrow?
Such mealtime decisions may seem innocent enough, but when they're made by people all over the country, they add up to a staggering amount of waste. Nearly half the U.S. seafood ...
Friday, September 11, 2015
In California's blazing hot San Joaquin Valley, millions of pistachio trees are now buried in clusters of small pinkish-green fruits — what would seem like a bumper crop.
But for many growers of the popular nut, the season is shaping into a disaster. Jeff Schmiederer, who farms 700 acres of ...
Friday, August 28, 2015
If you're tuned into the world of beer, you may be aware of sour beers — a loosely defined style that has been made for centuries but is gaining fresh appreciation in today's craft beer renaissance. Brewers make these beers by deliberately adding bacteria and, sometimes, wild yeast ...
Monday, August 17, 2015
In ancient times, farmers worried about losing precious grain to spoilage during wet winters. So they figured out how to malt grain and brew it into beer, thus preserving a nutritious source of calories. In The Comic Book Story of Beer, due out in September, we get a graphical tour ...