Bread is practically sacred: how the taste of home sustained my refugee parents

The long read: I learned a lot about my parents and myself from the food they clung to after fleeing wartorn Bosnia for Canada My parents social life in Bosnia (and therefore their childrens) regularly featured a bunch of their friends getting together for a lot of food and drinking and singing and laughing. Nobody would ever call that endeavour dinner the activity revolved around food, but could never be reduced to it. In Bosnian, the verb that describes such an activity is sjediti, which means to sit, as the whole operation consists of sitting around the table, eating, drinking and being together for the purposes of well-earned pleasure. If I want to invoke an image of my parents being …

Table for one: how eating alone is radically changing our diets

From grazing on snacks to dining solo, a third of Britons now regularly eat every meal on their own. Is this fuelling the loneliness epidemic or providing hidden health benefits? Eating alone has become a defining feature of modern life: the breakfasting commuter; the household members with conflicting schedules; the widower who receives few visitors. Almost a third of British adults are eating alone most or all of the time, according to the The Way We Eat Now. Theres a constant mismatch between a sense of how we should be eating and how were actually eating. The multi-generational family meals of the Dolmio television ads are presented as the ideal, she says, but how many of us eat like that …

Beyond Meat preps for IPO as rivals take bite out of food industry

Startup is the latest unicorn, with a valuation of about $1.2bn, to go public as its competitor launches the Impossible Whopper Wall Street is going vegan. At some point in the next four weeks, Beyond Meat, a pioneering plant-based meat alternative startup, will debut on Wall Street at a valuation of about $1.2bn. And in the meantime its rivals are cutting deals with some of the biggest names in food. Beyond Meat is the latest in a series of unicorns private companies valued at over $1bn to go public. And this one is edible. The company, based in El Segundo, California, was founded 10 years ago by tech entrepreneur Ethan Brown. It found early backing from legendary Silicon Valley financiers …

Cultural appropriation is a good thing particularly for business

Entrepreneurs have been building businesses for thousands of years from the ideas of cultures before them For as long as I can remember my now 80-year-old mother and I have been having lunch every week at the same delicatessen near my office in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Its called Katzs Deli Kitchen and you can look it up. Katzs Deli is excellent. The food is great and the service is consistent. Being Jewish I have a lot of experience eating at Jewish delis and, as Jewish delis (and small businesses) go, I consider Katzs to be one of the best. Oh, by the way, the owners arent Jewish. Theyre Asian. Yes, Asian. The cooks are Asian and so are a few …