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(article, Culinate staff)
Seems like it was only yesterday that we were flipping through the pages of the New York Times' annual Food & Drink issue. (Actually, it was last October.) But really: yesterday, it turned up again. The April 7 issue offered a sprinkling of articles about food politics: Mark Bittman and his take on healthful fast food, Camas Davis and her Portland Meat Collective, and Bill Heavey and his efforts to hunt, kill, and cook his own dinner. The rest of the issue, however, followed glossy magazine pattern: restaurants and chefs, bars and drinks, trendy travel destinations, and other foodie favorites. The best of these is an esoteric profile of a maker of high-end spice blends that gives an entertaining history of the spice trade.