In her riveting New Yorker review of Colin Beaven’s No Impact Man and other books based on year-long experiments in green living, Elizabeth Colbert coined the term, “eco-stunt” to describe them. Julie Powell’s Julie/Julia blog project extended the genre to eating. In this category, an intrepid school teacher, Mrs. Q, has vowed to eat school lunches every day for a year. She is, of course, recording the details for posterity. Will she survive? I can’t wait to find out.
Update January 19: Thanks to Andy Bellatti of Small Bites for doing a personal interview with Mrs. Q. I’m happy to see that she is indeed surviving, and flourishing at that.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Andersen at 2:25 p.m. For the schedule and details, click here.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”