October 30, 2017

In Praise Of Grains

With so much food variety today—and so many people’s health sabotaged by their food choices—one thing we can count on is a steady stream of food fads.  To be more respectful, let’s call them trends.  To someone following a new trend, of course, it se...

June 9, 2017

Hydration is often misunderstood, leaving us vulnerable to problems seemingly unrelated. The basics of good hydration are discussed here.

May 1, 2016


The Energetics of Kitchen Herbs & Spices (An Introduction to a Large Subject)


Spices are a very special part of the diet, and understanding their energetics is important for enjoyable and healthful eating.  Because they are used in such small amounts, spices and kitch...

May 19, 2015

Spring eating is about cleansing the residue of heavier foods we needed during winter.  Good spring eating also supports the fresh energy that is spring itself.  Our diet should move with the seasons, and during these transition times we clear out the old while prepari...

April 8, 2015

Hydration is key to good health, and wet breakfasts are an often forgotten key to good hydration.  Wet breakfasts—porridges and congee—absorb a great deal of water as they cook, fluid is gradually given up during digestion, like a time-release capsule of healthy hydrat...

March 11, 2015



What can vegetarians eat to stay warm in winter?  We hear so much about the warming qualities of animal foods, particularly in soups or stews made with bone broth.  Nevertheless, there are good reasons for vegetarian eating, so what can a vegetarian do to support war...

March 2, 2015

I’ve just returned from a couple weeks in Paris (playing concerts, seeing art, eating food).  It was winter in Paris—a bit rainy, damp, not quite freezing—in a word, it can be bone chilling, especially during the long walks required by the beauty of that city.  Now we’...

January 21, 2015

It feels funny to be riding a trend.  I’m used to being off to the side in matters of health and food thinking.  But today, I laughed while reading the NYTimes article Bones, Broth, Bliss; Bone Broth Evolves From Prehistoric Food to Paleo Drink because I have a la...

October 26, 2014

As my food book continues to take shape, section after section, I will periodically post food thoughts and experiences here.  The point of view is, of course, from Chinese Medicine, looking at food not only for the nutrient content but also for the responses a food eli...

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