Michael Pollan

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Meatless meatballs in tomato sauce. Photograph: David Malosh/The New York Times

For all of my adult life, I’ve revelled in rare rib-eye steaks and oozing Camembert. I won’t let go of my drumstick until I’ve gnawed off every bit of(...)

‘The impact of healthful eating is often underrecognised.’ File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We need our clinicians to buy in to the concept that “thy food is thy medicine, and thy medicine is thy food”. Instead of arguing over what Hippocrate(...)

A processed food is a natural food that has been treated to enhance a particular quality, eg smoking meat to add flavour and extend storage life, adding sugar or salt to enhance flavour. Photograph: Getty Images

We are suffering a worldwide epidemic of obesity and accompanying heart disease and diabetes – incidence of obesity almost tripled between 1975 and 20(...)

Gerry Godley, at home with his cookbooks, in Rialto, Dublin. ‘In a world full of fads, blow-ins and opportunists, my fondness for Rick Stein remains undimmed.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gerry Godley is the principal of Leeds College of Music. He was previously a chef and has also been a broadcaster, a saxophonist and concert producer.(...)

Plants are easily the dominant life form on Earth, constituting 80% of total biomass. Humanity barely registers in comparison. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

We take plants entirely for granted, farming them for food and timber, cultivating selected garden plants for pleasure and chemically killing others ((...)

Don’t restrict yourself to meat or fish, try cooking a carrot or a leek over fire.

Cooking with fire is in our genes. That is, according to Victor Arguinzoniz, owner of Asador Etxebarri, a Spanish restaurant in Atxondo, in the Basque(...)

It’s possible psilocybin drugs could soon be part of a psychiatrist’s armoury.  Photograph: iStock

Down an Irish country lane in a secluded private home, men and women form two lines. Then, under the Christian Cross of Caravaca, members of the Churc(...)

Pat Kenny in his Newstalk studio. Photograph: Frank Miller

Pat Kenny may be one of Ireland’s top broadcasters, but he’s equally prone to the occasionally bizarre moment that prompts the question whether he’s o(...)

Much of the early clinical use of LSD involved it being used to help people with problems such as alcoholism, drug addiction and depression. Photograph: iStock

In Ireland, our national groove often suggests that things never change, or else they change at an almost-bewildering pace. But even the speedy chang(...)

Quorn, in common with other fake meats, is incontestably ultra-processed – this appeals less to those who prefer to base their meals on natural, minimally processed ingredients that they can easily recognise as food. Photograph: Getty Images

What exactly is Quorn? I have been asked that question regularly for more than 30 years. This may be a reflection of the general population’s scientif(...)

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