Dietary Supplements: Monday, February 7 Carnivorous Clocks, McSweeney's Food, and the War on Pizza

Dietary Supplements is a daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Today we're serving cheese, more cheese, and carnivorous clocks. Enjoy!


Attention designers: We're not alone when it comes to redesigning the recipe. McSweeney's forthcoming food imprint will explore new ways to format cookbooks.

Last month, it was Wal-Mart. Now, Michelle Obama is teaming up with the NRA. (That's the National Restaurant Association).

The USDA comes out against pizza, citing it as Americans’ second-largest source of saturated fat and solid fats, third-largest source of sodium (ahead of bacon!), and second-largest source of calories for children and adolescents.

And speaking of cheese: Despite changes in both artisan cheeses and cheese pathogens, the FDA's 60-day ban on raw milk cheeses has not changed.

If you really needed another reason to support food banks and soup kitchens, Mass General Hospital says that homeless people with enough to eat are at a lower risk for hospitalization.

Today's video extra (above) comes to us from Robert Krulwich, one half of Radiolab and the man behind the indispensable blog Krulwich Wonders. It's a carnivorous clock. That's right. It's the work of designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau and eight flies make the clock tick for 12 days.

Dietary Supplements is a daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Food HQ. Enjoy!

via David Leavitt / Twitter

Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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