March 13, 2013 |
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said bovine carcasses were floating past Shanghai. The story has been corrected. BEIJING — The dead pigs keep bobbing up in Shanghai's rivers. When hundreds of porcine bodies started surfacing this weekend in rivers upstream from the city, it prompted only mild shock, showing perhaps how routine safety scares about food and water have become in China. But worries turned to panic late Tuesday, when authorities revealed that the number of pigs...
January 8, 2013 |
Before you even begin butchering your first pig's head, you need to confront some primal aversion to dissecting a mammal cranium, especially one that may come with a peaceful smile. My advice? Use the opportunity to say a short grace over your animal head and embrace your carnivorous habit that's often allowed to skate on anonymous little packages of meat. Adam Brick, the sous-chef at Graffiato who comes from a family of butchers, guided my hand via phone. The first thing he suggested was to place my pig's head on a cutting...
December 24, 2012 |
Editor's note: This is the last of a three-part series that chronicles the author's effort to understand our relationship to the animals we eat. The death we want for our animals is the one we want for ourselves: painless, instant, on a day like any other. Our three pigs took seven months to reach slaughter weight , and my husband, Kevin, and I had been thinking about that slaughter for the duration. Painless. Instant. On a day like any other. We had two choices.
December 11, 2012 |
When the weather gets dreary, a holiday party is an inviting alternative — unless you're trying to stick to a healthful diet. In that case, the indoors can be pretty scary, too. Because no matter how small those tasty holiday hors d'oeuvres are, they are packed with calories. And what about that holiday party staple, eggnog? A cup of this creamy, sweet and spicy goodness is about 350 calories before you even add alcohol. It's about 450 calories with a shot of rum. "It's quite ridiculous," says Jared Rice, a...
November 23, 2012 |
DEAR AMY: My close friend from childhood recently bought two guinea pigs for her children. The kids enjoy them but seem a little afraid of them. Now the parents have decided that the guinea pigs smell bad and have relegated them to the porch, which is not heated. I volunteer in an animal shelter and consider myself a champion of animal causes, but I'm stumbling over what to do with this one. Guinea pigs come from a warm climate and should not be out in the cold (last week it got into the low 40s)
November 12, 2012 |
Picture yourself on a walk through Rock Creek Park. Whitetailed deer pick their way through the trees, eyeing you warily. Perhaps you hear the yip of a distant coyote . Then a strange grunting sound erupts from the underbrush and half a dozen wild pigs charge onto the path in front of you. This scenario isn't as far-fetched as it may sound. Wild pigs — not the cute kind you see at the petting zoo but the ones with black bristly coats, narrow snouts and long, self-sharpening tusks — have quietly...