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A Perfect Day... in Oxford

For many, the name Oxford conjures up images of its venerable university and fictional super-sleuth Inspector Morse. But this medieval city is also a vibrant...

Why I Won’t Be Boycotting Chick-Fil-A

For a business that traffics primarily in fried-chicken sandwiches, Chick-fil-A attracts a lot of heat. It’s not because the chain’s fried-chicken sandwiches...

5 Foods You Will Be Eating in 2012

“Nobody knows anything.” That was screenwriter William Goldman’s famous summation of Hollywood studios, and it applies to the restaurant business as well. Every...

Study Finds Spikes in BPA From Eating Canned Soup

We may not know all the ways in which the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) affects our health, but we can be assured that we're exposed to it frequently — BPA is in...

Did Negligence Kill Knut the Polar Bear?

He was the most famous polar bear in the world — the cuddly cub Knut, dubbed Cute Knut, captured people's hearts after his birth at the Berlin Zoo in December...

Mountain High: Find Bliss at Koya-San

The small mountain town of koya-san, several hours south of Osaka in central Japan, has been attracting pilgrims since the 9th century, when Buddhist monk Kobo...

Pilgrims' Progress.

No matter your rank, region or level of luxury, Thanksgiving dinner is likely a stifling and tired occasion. Inevitably, it's redeemed more by friends and family...

Farm vs. Supermarket.

CHEFS' PICKS Small farm and organic: In the food business, those magic words open every door. A chef who couldn't use them would be in the same position as a...

Culture of Cruelty: Bullfighting in Spain

Migrants must assume quickly the when-in-Rome rule. As a young journalist in Australia, I was often irked by new-arrival whinging Poms, as we lumped them,...

The Problem with Factory Farms

If you eat meat, the odds are high that you've enjoyed a meal made from an animal raised on a factory farm (also known as a CAFO). According to the USDA, 2% of...

Do Animals Commit Suicide? A Scientific Debate

Forty years ago, Richard O'Barry watched Kathy, a dolphin in the 1960s television show Flipper, kill herself. Or so he says. She looked him in the eye, sank to...

10 Questions.

Can you tell us what your current diet is? If it is not vegetarian, why not? Scott Yanoff, MILWAUKEE I still eat meat. But I eat a lot less. I have enormous...

Save the Planet: Eat More Beef*

On a farm in coastal Maine, a barn is going up. Right now it's little more than a concrete slab and some wooden beams, but when it's finished, the barn will...

Brief History: Fad Diets

The new year is traditionally a time to atone for all the overindulging many of us did over the holidays. This year is no exception: nearly half of Americans say...

Sex and the Eco-City.

Correction Appended: Oct. 20, 2009 In many ways, choosing a sex toy is not unlike buying a car. Walk into most adult shops, and the new-car smell is...

Paul Slansky's Weekly Index of the News

"Armey, Dick" • delight of at not being married to—and therefore not having to endure the "prattle" of—Salon editor-in-chief Joan Walsh is spontaneously...