The Year in Food 2007

Eat a Fry, Go to Jail

Big Brother wasn’t content to merely watch you this year; he also offered suggestions about how you can enjoy a healthier diet. In Philly and New York, he tried to label your menus. In LA, he wanted to keep big bad fast food out of your neighborhood. And all over the place, he either proposed banning the commercial use of trans fats or succeeded. Across the pond, a future king indulged imperial fantasies about crushing his populist rival, Mayor McCheese. Whether all this is the dawning of a new fascist police state or the wise use of collective resources to save lives largely depends upon the bill in question … and how you happen to feel about the rich, silken taste sensation of Crisco. —James Norton