It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

Obamafoodarama has reports on the Passover Seder that the Obamas hosted last night. Some people are pleased about the non-Jewish president holding a Seder while others are finding reasons to complain.

With his complicated, sprawling genealogy, President Obama seems to be the kind of Jewish baked good that's called an Everything Bagel, which has all kinds of spices piled on each doughy circle. Although to date no one has discovered any firm Obama Jewish roots, tonight the President will be celebrating Passover at the White House (and he thus becomes an Everything Matzoh!).
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Forbes is dubious about the need for all things organic.

Take any item on a shopping list--pasta, toothpaste, paper towels--and chances are, its organic counterpart is also sold in the grocery store. Thanks, in part, to marketers who are eager to cash in on the organic movement, consumers face a confusing choice: Are organic products better or is the term, used by just about every type of company, from jeans purveyors to cigarette makers, marketing hype?
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The Huffington Post has a list of 13 foods to avoid and the reasons why.

As a doctor I have made it my mission to educate as many people about the philosophical pitfalls of believing "If it's on the shelf, it must be safe." In the US, we suffer from something called the "shortest healthy lifespan". That means we spend more years battling chronic disease than our peers from the 12 industrialized nations. There are many factors leading to this problem, but one of the obvious is how loaded our diets are with artificial chemicals.
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The NYT tries to help us pair food with Chinese food, something many people find difficult.

The red, Sichuan peppercorn-spiked gravy that covered the tender slices of beef served as a warning: This was going to be no easy task. “This is where most people reach for the beer,” said Campbell Thompson, a Beijing-based wine importer.
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