I had to give up on summarizing the food sections of the world's papers each week because it was just too time-consuming, but there are a few stories in the news this last week that deserve your attention:
In Berlin, a restaurant has opened for Bulimics and Anorexics. I can't decide if this is a good thing or not. If the restaurant is used as a way to get these people eating and tasting foods again, that's great. I'm concerned that it may be just another step in the normalization of self-destructive behavior and a cheap way to get publicity and justify high prices for tiny portions (yes, I'm being cynical; no, I'm not being sarcastic).
A lot of to-do has been made this week about Vores ěl - "Our Beer", a new Open Source beer. The beer is "open source" because the recipe is publicly available, much the way open source software is publicly available. You are encouraged to use the recipe but if you make modifications to it or make and sell the beer with the recipe, you must include a copy of the recipe you used and a similar license. Except for the redistribution restrictions this is awfully similar to Googling for beer recipes and coming up with something like The Cat's Meow. Marketing is everything, I guess.
The best piece of news this week is that olive oil may be the key to why the Mediterranean diet is so good for you. A study at Nortwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine indicates the oleic acid in olive oil blocks the cancer-causing action of an oncogene found in many breast cancer sufferers. Canola oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, soy products, certain peanut breeds and some other foods also contain high concentrations of oleic acid. More studies will be needed to confirm the cancer-fighting powers of oleic acid, but the preliminary indications are encouraging.