Happy reading!

1. Do you read nutrition blogs? Beware of nutrition advice that doesn’t come from a reputable source, i.e. a registered dietitian or other qualified individual. The Chicago Tribune has compiled a short list of reliable blogs – be sure to check them out.

2. Fresh produce from the White House garden has hit the table: Obama and others got to taste the first batch of lettuces and fennel harvested by the kitchen staff. Produce from the garden will be used not only for special events and the first family’s dinners, but also in the West Wing staff cafeteria.

3. College cafeterias are going tray-less in an effort to reduce waste, save money, and perhaps combat the dreaded Freshman 15. Armed with a tray and an all-you-care-to-eat meal plan, students often end up taking more food than they can eat or eating more than they normally would. In a tray-less system, students have to get up if they want seconds – and let’s face it, students are lazy.

4. Finally, the trailer for the movie version of Julie Powell’s best-selling book, Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, and 1 tiny apartment kitchen,  is up on Moviefone. The movie combines the life story of Julia Child, feisty and clumsy French-trained American chef, with that of Julie Powell, girl stuck in a boring job who cooks her way through Childs’ Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, the movie comes out on August 7th.

5. Do you have swine flu? Find out here.