Recalls and Elections: The Top Food News of 2008

Best of 2008

Even though we're not a news and events weblog, we try to keep up with the biggest food and cooking news each week. Here's a look back at some of the top food news from 2008.

Posts pictured above in bold below.

• There was a big salmonella scare, due to tomatoes, and then it was over and safe, but then it started up again with chili peppers.

• Soy was linked to male infertility.

• Apparently plants and crops need sunscreen too.

• In 2008 we lost Robert Mondavi and Paul Newman. RIP.

• Remember Cindy McCain and Recipegate?

• The biggest news, of course: an election that will hopefully lead to a renewed food policy in the United States.

• More stores are charging for plastic bags.

• One of the biggest beef recalls in history occurred in 2008.

Big business ripped off little business. Story of the year in microcosm?

• Rising food costs and the economic downturn have been tough on food banks and other food-related charities.

• It still looks pretty bad on the tuna front.

Urban agriculture and city chickens are growing in popularity.

• And finally, a blatant bit of horn-tooting self-promotion: In 2008 we were on's list of 50 best websites, and PC Mag gave us a shoutout as one of the 10 blogs you should be reading daily . We also found out that Google engineers like to read The Kitchn.

A big thank you for all of those mentions, and to everyone else who reads The Kitchn daily and contributes to this community!

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.