Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a food + travel writer with a love for coffee and bikes. Catch her weekly column, Foodie Underground.

Articles by Anna Brones:

Bad Fashion Won’t Kill You But Bad Food Will: Foodie Underground

5040172179_d8b9583076_z

ColumnEating well isn’t about consuming the trendiest of health foods. It’s simply about cutting all the bad food out.

There are a lot of parallels that we can draw between food and fashion, and in a world where more and more people are conscious about where there food comes from, why not expand that to where their clothes come from as well?

I read an article this week knocking Vivienne Westwood down for comments she had made both about eating and dressing ethically. “Clothes should cost more – they are so subsidized,” …

10 Haikus About Real Food: Foodie Underground

IMG_6565

ColumnThe beauty of real food boiled down into simple words.

Eat real food, and eat well.

Usually Foodie Underground is a lengthy column about some version of the six words above. Sometimes I feel that every week I am just trying to find a new and creative way to say the exact same thing: eat real food. One week it can be an argument for buying dirty vegetables, another a dive into the world of direct trade coffee. But ultimately, the message remains the same. And when you write the same message all …

9 Must-Read Books About Food that Aren’t Cookbooks: Foodie Underground

4362352119_79940f354d_z

Column You don’t need another cookbook. You need a book about food. Yes, there’s a difference.

In the last year, I bet you have bought at least one cookbook. But how many books about food have you read? Cookbooks are inspirational, but books about food are informative. Certainly there are cookbooks and general food books that fall somewhere in the middle, but I happen to love food-themed writing that doesn’t come with recipes.

Be it political, investigative or simply a beautiful travel narrative about a tasty meal, here are 9 different books that any …

21 Millet Recipes to Try Right Now: Is it the New Quinoa?

3890573349_e7112ca407_z

Delicious millet recipes prove that this grain is about more than just bird seed.

While quinoa is the wunderkind of any moderately conscious eater, millet has certainly taken a back seat. Maybe it’s because most people equate millet to bird seed, or maybe it’s because millet just hasn’t been branded as a “sexy grain” yet, but for whatever reason we have forgotten to pay attention to millet. Now is the time to change that.

Gluten-free, high in protein and a good source of magnesium, millet is an all around healthy grain that …

Pumpkin Spice, The All-Powerful Global Marketing Tool: Foodie Underground

photo-3

ColumnAre you seduced by the marketing superpower that is pumpkin spice?

Walking last week, I passed a Starbucks.

There would be nothing miraculous about this since Starbucks has a firm grip on the coffee market in the US, and many other places, but I live in Paris. Note that in Paris there are not a lot of Starbucks. In fact a local coffee roaster recently told me that it took forever to even get a hold on the market here, because while there are a few Parisians nowadays that grab their coffee to …

All Kinds of Dried Fruit You Can Make in Your Oven (No Dehydrator Needed!)

5747617842_3eab49a409_z

Dried fruit is waiting to be made in your oven.

Some people assume that you need a dehydrator to make dried fruit. Those people would be wrong. All you need to turn fresh fruit into tasty dried fruit is an oven and some patience.

Granted, if you’re planning on launching a dried fruit business, investing in a dehydrator may be worth your while, but if you just want to dabble, your oven is a cheaper, and space-saving way to make these delicious, naturally sweet treats.

Drying fruit is as simple as drying out the fruit at …

Comfort Food: Does Eating Make You Feel Good? Foodie Underground

2880148412_3093b564b8_z

ColumnComfort food might not have the effect you think it does.

It’s fall, which means it’s the season of comfort food. While in summer months you can happily get away with a tomato and cucumber salad, there’s something about the colder months that kicks your body into “I want something fatty and carby!” mode.

Seriously, you’re craving a dish of macaroni and cheese right now, aren’t you?

But does eating certain foods really make us feel better than others?

A study was recently published in Healthy Psychology titled “The Myth of Comfort Food.” Studying a …

Forget Pumpkin Spice, Here are 10 Other Fall Flavors to Put in Your Latte

9190647979_bf1a764e0b_z

What most people fail to realize about the pumpkin spice craze is this: most pumpkin spice flavored things don’t even involve real pumpkin.

Food companies have found the perfect elixir of synthetically made flavors to invoke that cozy flavor of fall, and they do it well. Pumpkin spice makes its way into everything from Oreos to waffles, but if there’s one item that seems to be the leader of the craze, it’s the pumpkin spice latte.

And who wouldn’t want a caffeinated drink that tastes seasonal? The reality is that your average coffee …