Okra Studies

Author Chris Smith talks about his book The Whole Okra: A Seed to Stem Celebration, which recently won the James Beard Award for food scholarship:

“In some ways, I consider the book the start of my okra journey. Since its publication, I’ve connected with so many people that share a passion for okra. I keep thinking of new ways that I could use okra. At the beginning of this week, for example, I had 2,000 pounds of okra seeds delivered, and a few breweries are looking to use it for okra seed beer. It’s really an ongoing journey of okra craziness.”

Mind-Bending Research

Diverging from food, Michael Pollan writes about the resurgent use of psychedelic drugs in medical studies:

“The clinical trials at N.Y.U.—a second one, using psilocybin to treat alcohol addiction, is now getting under way—are part of a renaissance of psychedelic research taking place at several universities in the United States, including Johns Hopkins, the Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical Center, and the University of New Mexico, as well as at Imperial College, in London, and the University of Zurich. As the drug war subsides, scientists are eager to reconsider the therapeutic potential of these drugs, beginning with psilocybin.”