Food Archive:

Candy Bars

In: Food

18 Oct 2011

A charting of the very many bars wherein chocolate intersects with delightful compatriots, such as gooey caramel, sprightly nougat, and cookie crunch.

I can’t find anything bad to say about this. Now excuse me as I have to run to the corner market for a minute.

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Girl Scout Cookies

In: Food

11 Sep 2011

What are the most popular varieties?

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Besides making me hungry, this reminded me of this Dilbert classic:

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a study conducted in 1983 by the Rural Advancement Foundation International … compared USDA listings of seed varieties sold by commercial U.S. seed houses in 1903 with those in the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory in 1983. The survey, which included 66 crops, found that about 93 percent of the varieties had gone extinct.

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Information is Beautiful has updated their interactive visualization of the effectiveness of various health supplements, based on scientific research. You can also view the raw research data they dug up to draw your own conclusions.

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In a strange juxtaposition of imagery, this photo uses fake blood and kitchen containers to visualize 38 million deaths from various conflicts. Overall, I really like the concept, but from the way the objects are arranged and the angle of the photograph (with the blood taking up only the lower 20% of the photo), they visually seem small to me. Also, I don’t quite get the “World Cuisine” title, despite the food/cooking metaphor.

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Recipes illustrated by artists. Some of them are just prettied up, but others are gorgeous diagrams. You can filter by meal type, ingredient, or illustration style.

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A Century of Meat

In: Food History

18 Mar 2011

Go chicken! I wonder why pork has such volatility? (related ethical dietary ponderings; Thanks to Patty Gaffney for the link!)

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Male and female body mass indices by country, from 1980-2008.  Some interesting, but perhaps not surprising, observations: European men are consistently fatter than the women, poor people are skinny, and everyone has gotten fatter over the past 18 years. (related article)

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Want to know how many cows live in your state? How about the average chickens per farm? The site obviously has a slight bias on food issues, but the data is well presented and the methodology is laid out clearly (something that is missing on too many data visualizations). Personally, I have no problem with killing animals and eating them, and agree that they shouldn’t suffer horribly crappy lives beforehand. (Related blog post).

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Based on the idea that well-being cannot be measured by GDP alone, the Human Development Index looks at over 100 indicators, which you can explore on maps and charts at the most detailed level, or as aggregates (health, education, income). The chart display does seem to have problems separating out Washington DC, however – since we don’t actually have a congressional district — <sigh>. (via)

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What we are Eating

In: Food

13 Nov 2010

Average American food consumption. (via The Daily Infographic)

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An interesting way to map out an experience of positive/negative feelings across all five senses. (via)

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