Quite simply, monosodium glutamate, or MSG, makes things taste good, yet it continues to be feared and demonized. Vietnamese food authority Andrea Nguyen has written about the history of its use in pho and has sought to debunk some of the myths surrounding it.
Even if you eat kosher meat, you probably haven’t seen an animal slaughtered first-hand using kosher methods. The Jewish Initiative for Animals organizes public demonstrations of the process to get eaters thinking about kosher food traditions and animal welfare. Contributor Sam Brasch files this field report from the Hazon Food Conference in Connecticut.