Day: April 27, 2021

Epicurious stops publication of beef recipes

Epicurious announced Monday it has stopped publishing recipes featuring beef.

The food publication cited a rise in beef consumption and its role as “one of the world’s worst climate offenders” for making the shift.

“It might not feel like much, but cutting out just a single ingredient—beef—can have an outsize impact on making a person’s cooking more environmentally friendly,” Epicurious Senior Editor Maggie Hoffman and former Digital Director David Tamarkin explained in an article published Monday. “Beef won’t appear in new Epicurious recipes, articles, or newsletters. It will not show up on our homepage. It will be absent from our Instagram feed.”

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Food site Epicurious to stop publishing recipes with beef

“For any person—or publication—wanting to envision a more sustainable way to cook, cutting out beef is a worthwhile first step,” Hoffman and Tamarkin said. “Our shift is solely about sustainability, about not giving airtime to one of the world’s worst climate offenders.”

Livestock accounts for nearly 15% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, and beef is the largest contributor to that pollution, according to the United Nations.
The publication has been moving in this direction for nearly two years. Since the fall of 2019, Epicurious has published beef recipes “only a small handful of times,” its editors said in a separate post addressing questions about the decision.
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