Links I Like

Two weeks without links! Oh my! Well, it’s Friday again (TG), and we are expecting to have an absolutely lovely weekend here in Seattle, for which there will be much rejoicing. But first, on to this week’s links:

  • First, the James Beard Awards were announced last week. I was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled that Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day won the award for best cookbook with a Focus on Health. I love this cookbook. Love it. Every single dish I’ve made from it has been fantastic. The recipes aren’t complicated, the photography is beautiful, and it makes me happy just to leaf through it…although cooking from it is even better. Heidi’s blog is great, too, and the recipe she posted yesterday for Parmesan Cheese Spread looks delicious.
  • I wrote about bone health, nutrition and lifestyle last week (Part 1 and Part 2). Here’s another reason to build bones while you can: Osteoporosis drugs are no magic bullet. This is one of, I think, a million examples where nutritious food and exercise trump all, and, failing that, it’s important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of any medication before going on it. In this case, experts found that the benefits of “bone drugs” really only outweigh the risk for women who already have osteoporosis and are at extreme risk of spinal fractures.
  • Great Huffington Post column by Dr. David Katz, “Nutrition, Where the Rubber Hits the Road to Health.”
  • Once and for all, obesity is not all about willpower. We all make choices, some healthier than others, but society and it’s infrastructure influences the choices we make. And that unhealthful infrastructure was enabled by recent lack of action in Washington D.C.
  • And finally, the news you’ve all been waiting for…real men do eat yogurt. At least real, virile male mice. Ahem.
In other news, my next Seattle Times column is coming out Sunday, and I have a whole week of related blog programming planned for next week. If you, or anyone you know, claims that they can’t cook or don’t have time to cook, this week’s for you! Until then, have a great weekend!