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FOOD AND DRINK

Michael Pollan talks about his role as an agent for radical change in the food system

Michael Pollan is a writer's writer. Even those of us who've been at it for decades, who've written books and published hundreds of thousands of words, come away from his work feeling awe and humility. >More
 Luedtke's Wonder Bar fulfills the meat-and-potato ideal

It's always surprising to stumble on fresh pockets of Madison history, sometimes in the most unexpected places. I've passed the stone bar on East Olin Avenue for years and noticed the successive name changes, from the Wonder Bar, to the Madison Cigar Bar, the M.O.B. Roadhouse and the Bar Next Door. But until we sat down for dinner, drawn by the promise of a new steakhouse menu and the lure of a reclaimed name -- it's Luedtke's Wonder Bar now -- I didn't know the spot flaunted such a lurid past. >More
 Magic coffee from Cafe Soleil

One of the best treats I had in the last few months was the "magic coffee" at Cafe Soleil. Like many things at Cafe Soleil, magic coffee is simple yet revelatory -- icy, sweet, spicy and creamy, the perfect summer drink. Yet magic coffee is available year-round, and it's the Cafe's biggest-selling cold drink by far. >More
 As he sows: An interview with Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, the acclaimed author of five books, including The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, will be in Madison next week for a series of events as part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Go Big Read common-reading program and this year's Food for Thought Festival. >More
 Batch Bakehouse opens on Willy Street

The highly anticipated Batch Bakehouse opened earlier this month in the former Pavlov's Pizza space on Williamson Street, near the Yahara River. >More
 Madison eats agenda: Harvest festivals, a coffee break, vegan chili, and the Willy Street Fair

The coming week, in events that get to your heart through your stomach. >More
 Gone in 60 seconds at the Ian's Pizza eating contest

I watched as the guy carrying the hot-bag walked up the mall toward the platform to cheers and applause. Within minutes, the tables were set up and the first plates were filled and then emptied by the first six hungry souls. Techniques varied, from typewriter to pizza roll-up. >More
 Help me I'm hungry

Low on cash and facing a greasy pile of fried rice and a resto with grim fluorescent lighting? Don't go there. Here are some options for inexpensive but interesting meals close to the UW campus. >More
 Reimagining the black bean salad - recipe

My girlfriend is on a diet in which she does not eat animal products, grains, salt, sugar or oil. People often have the same reaction that I first had, which is, "So what do you eat?" The answer is: fruit, veggies, beans, nuts and seeds. She feels great. >More
 Madame Fromage: What I Learned About Cheese This Summer

Back in April, I started cheese-blogging. Since then, I've spent five months researching, sampling and serving my favorite dairy knockouts, which have mostly been blues. Here are 10 things I've discovered. >More
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