Lunch Room Chatter: Nice guys finish third

The latest in food news, ideas and philosophy, just in time for your lunch break.

* Michelle Obama doffs work gloves to write White House garden book. (Entertainment Weekly)

* Wonk read of the day: “The term ‘Green Revolution’ is now so firmly entrenched in the history and practice of development that it is easy to forget its haphazard origin. It was coined more as what today we would call an exercise in branding than as part of a good faith effort to soberly describe the agricultural transformation that took place first in Mexico and then in Asia—above all in the Philippines and on the Indian subcontinent—between the late 1940s and the late ’60s.” (The Nation)

* A statement that I never thought I’d hear coming from the bench: “Serving a child a peanut butter cookie is not an inherently violent act.” (LA Weekly)

* Relax, we have nothing to worry about with imported Japanese foods. (FDA)

* Get your lemons into the refrigerator pronto! (Cook’s Illustrated)

* One solution to world hunger and food waste: Shrinking humans to 19.7 inches. But what about the NBA!? (GOOD)

* Tough call: One In-N-Out burger or three and a half glasses of pinot noir? (Food & Wine)

* “I think it’s all about the Velveeta. Nobody seems to mind the Cheez Whiz on a Philly Cheese Steak. But Tex-Mex chile con queso or enchiladas made with Velveeta are considered loathsome. The last time I attempted to defend the use of Velveeta in chili con queso, one Portland blogger suggested that ‘Walsh has been drinking his own Tex-Mex apologist Kool-Aid again.’ He thought we should make chile con queso with fine imported cheese.” (Robb Walsh)

* Nice guys finish last — or at least third. Right, Pepsi? (WSJ)

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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