Several years ago, I gave a talk to executives of restaurants like Applebee’s and Darden’s about what they could do to make it easier for people to control their weight and eat more healthfully. I allsuggested that they make healthy kids’ meals the default. Let parents order junk food for their kids if they want to, but set up the situation so they have to ask for it specially. The executives went ballistic and gave all kinds of reasons why this was impossible (parental responsibility! cost! trouble!). Lo and behold: somebody must have listened and changes are coming, or so it seems. Let’s hope they really do this!
Next public appearance
This is a conversation about 101 Classic Cookbooks, 501 Classic Recipes (Rizzoli Books, 2013), with Clark Wolf, Marvin Taylor (curator NYU Fales Library), Rose Levy Beranbaum (author, The Cake Bible), and Madhur Jaffrey (actor and author). 7:30 p.m. 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson St, Price $15, RSVP: here