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Ezra Klein. (Kevin Clark -- The Washington Post)

We're adding something shiny and new to the Food section next week: a biweekly column by Ezra Klein, who joined the Post staff recently from the American Prospect. You may wonder how on earth Ezra will have time for such a thing, given that he posts more than a dozen times a day to his blog on the day's major policy debates. Well, food happens to be one of Ezra's passions; he's also a contributor to the Internet Food Association.

His column for Food will be a provocative look at, in his words, "the policy and politics of the plate. It's about the high cost of cheap meat, and whether eating local actually makes any sense, and why the world might be better off if Congress dissolved its agricultural committees."

There's just one thing missing: a name. Can you help? Give us your ideas in the comments section below. The person who submits the snappiest name (hint: Make sure it's original, not already the title of a book or a column in another publication) will get a special prize from our stash of books and gizmos.

-- Joe Yonan

By Joe Yonan  |  June 24, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Food Politics  | Tags: Ezra Klein, Joe Yonan  
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Affairs of Plate
The Plate Department
Fare Trade

Posted by: lindy47 | June 24, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Klein Dining
Food Capital

Posted by: julierhayes | June 24, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Food for Deep Thought
Edible Articles
Deep Dish
Written to Order
Swallow This

Posted by: tomaplomb | June 24, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: inquirium | June 24, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Food & Klein
The Cabinet's Kitchen
Chow Jones Report

Posted by: lindy47 | June 24, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Klein's Kitchen

Posted by: tomaplomb | June 24, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Hooray! Will we get weekend recipe updates? Huh? Will we? Will we?

Oh yeah, a name.


(Actually, I like "The Plate Department")

Posted by: ajw_93 | June 24, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Chew on This
Green Gourmet
Plate Politics

Posted by: stephykay | June 24, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Chewing with a conscience

Posted by: stephykay | June 24, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Column I Won't Bother Reading"

Seriously, Ezra Klein is a hack. Surely you can do better than him. For example, I know some 9-year-olds who like food. Maybe you can look into that.

Posted by: cocyach | June 24, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Polishing Plates as the Policy States

Posted by: lisitchcka | June 24, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

State of the Plate
Eat Smarts

Posted by: Rivkafriedman | June 24, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Undoing the Beltway
Loosening the Beltway
or some variation thereof

Posted by: slipnslide80 | June 24, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The Plate Dept. is just about right for this particular column.

Posted by: shorele17 | June 24, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Educated Eating
Green Plate Special
State of the Onion

Okay that last one was bad, sorry! :)

Posted by: stephykay | June 24, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Food Fight or
Food Fights

I also like State of the Plate from above.
And Gastro Turf is lively.

Posted by: tisstrange | June 24, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I like State of the Plate

Posted by: ideallydc | June 24, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Ezra's Eats

Posted by: jhennings | June 24, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Food For Thought
Wonk Soup

Posted by: mslavick | June 24, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Plate of the Union

Posted by: amsilvr | June 24, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What the Fork

Posted by: HerooftheBeach | June 24, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Momma say Wonk You Out to Lunch

Posted by: jeirvine | June 24, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

the political palate

Posted by: lisitchcka | June 24, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Michael Pollan Fan Club (in a perfect world...)

Politics of Eating (emphasis on politics)

Food Wonk (emphasis on policy)

What You Eat (my actual suggestion)

Posted by: MisterSavannah | June 24, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Eat Wave

Posted by: rosswords | June 24, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Setting the Table

Food Matters

Posted by: charlie14 | June 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Where Your Mouth Is

Posted by: someBrad | June 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Stimulating food

Stimulating food plate

Stimulating food debate

Posted by: goldexplorer | June 24, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Gastronomically InKleined.

Posted by: liberalguilt57 | June 24, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: surplusvalue | June 24, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Clue Plate Special

Posted by: lindy47 | June 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Table the Motion

Posted by: lindy47 | June 24, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: deanlambrecht | June 24, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The Grocery Score

The Supper Market

The Big Eat

Obligatory bad pun:
Of Rice and Men

Posted by: nylund | June 24, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

The Judicious Dish

Posted by: JH11 | June 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The Nosh
Munch on it
The Munch
Side Dishes

Posted by: bmpietz | June 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Gut Check.

Posted by: scottpauls | June 24, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Will He Wonk? Huh?

Posted by: JoeHoya | June 24, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I really like Gut Check.

2nd place: The Plate Department.

Posted by: AmberGale | June 24, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Chewing Through the Fat
Table Tectonics
Comestible Commentary
Bread and Butter
Buffet Bureaucracy
Dissecting Dinner

Posted by: kiribe | June 24, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Eating Liberally

Posted by: bicherl | June 24, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The Lanford Lunch Box

Posted by: benkohler | June 24, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Food Happens
Eat, Think and Be Worried
Tuck In Your Napkin
Consume This

Posted by: winer | June 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

An Appetite for Controversy
Dining and Whining
Dishing It Out
The Fed (and the Unfed)
Bread and Circuses
Free Lunch

Posted by: Theophylact | June 24, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Fork in the Road
Food for Life

Posted by: sopatel2000 | June 24, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

-Chews Wisely

-A pinch of salt

-Eat to live

-Ezra Klein bites the hand that feeds him

-To eat intelligently ["To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." La Rouchfoucauld]

-What you eat [as in, 'you are what you eat']

Posted by: sapphirecate | June 24, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Food Fair

Posted by: missadventures | June 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Culinary Abortion???

Posted by: jbengstrom | June 24, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The Perils of Sexual Decadence
no, wait, I mean,

Yeah, that one.

Posted by: NotBend | June 24, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Unconscionable Eating

Chewing the Fat out of Food Policy

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Food Policy

Posted by: jkrantz89 | June 24, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Klein's Fine Line

Posted by: barbaramcdowellwhitt | June 24, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Let's Eat!

Political Palate

Ezra's Palate

Palate Policy

Posted by: JohnM10 | June 24, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm not creative enough to think of a title for my column?

Alaternately, Mouthpiece Theatre!

OK, I'm not that creative either.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 24, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Sustainable Sustenance
Food Fight!

Posted by: Jasper99 | June 24, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"chew on this"

Posted by: maddybeckwith | June 24, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Wok You Out.

Posted by: cjcollo | June 24, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The blogable feast

Posted by: Katherine8 | June 24, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Mama said eat you out!


Posted by: MosBen | June 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Ok, a real one: "Freedom Frying"

Posted by: MosBen | June 24, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

If I had to choose someone else's, I'd go with Wonkalicious or Wok You Out.

A couple more of my own:
District Dining
Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
What's Wrong With Food In '09
Food For LARPing
The Fresh Prince of D.C. Cooking
All Your Food Are Belong To Us

Posted by: MosBen | June 24, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

How about "The Intellivore" or "The Cognivore"...a site for all those who like to think about what they eat!

Posted by: aubreylouw | June 24, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

The Dinner Party
Meat (comma optional) the Press

Posted by: keh18 | June 24, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

A Kernel of Truth

Posted by: kgus123 | June 25, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Will Wonk For Food

Posted by: user435 | June 25, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Well this is the Washington Post, the fact-free land of delusional editorials...

Harshly Interrogating Food.

Posted by: mikeston | June 25, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

You know, it's too bad, because if this were Matt Yglesias's new food blog, he could name it "Matzo Yglesias."

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

Posted by: HerooftheBeach | June 25, 2009 1:44 AM | Report abuse


policy wok

I did like What the Fork
Bread and Circuses

Posted by: senor_crews | June 25, 2009 1:50 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: wilphil | June 25, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

"Ezra Klein...Now with More Links to 'Bitten'"?

I sort of like "Wonkalicious," and I won't read it if it has "Green" in the title.

Posted by: lianakrissoff | June 25, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

food flack
lettuce wonk
pannini and policy
Klein Scoops
Scoop of the Day
edible info
All Things Digested
Bites of the Nation
Green Gospel
whole truth
dairy doctrine
the wise plate
meat and politics
Ezra’s plate
On the Table
kernel of evidence
Ezra roots it out
Ezra digs in
Meet the Pabulum
National Flavor
Klein’s Political Hash
Facts in my Soup
Politically Palatable
Fact or Forage
Serious Sustenance
Food and Klein
Matzoh Memorandum
Radish Report
Dreams of My Dinner
Digest and Debate
Potable and Notable
Potable and Quotable
domestic digest
borscht and bureaucracy
peanut butter and justice
Matters of the Plate
wonk for food
well done

Posted by: goadri | June 25, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

A Frenzied Look! (Anagram for Ezra Klein food)

Posted by: CatherineLouis | June 25, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

"Policy in every pot" or a variant like:
"Policy in a pot"
"Policy pot"

I also like:
"The Brown Bag"
"Brown Bag Policy" or "Brown Bag Politico"
"Lunch Box" or "Lunch Box Politico"

Posted by: ArlingtonSMP | June 25, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

The Great Tablecloth

Posted by: abetterbet | June 25, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: jeirvine | June 25, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Political Pudding--Sage advice from a cynical epicure

Posted by: davemarks | June 25, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Ezra Pound Cake

Posted by: tomveiltomveil | June 25, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Policy Buffet
Eater's Digest
Capitol Dill
Just Desserts
Let Them Eat Policy
Food Talk
Ethical Eats
The Ethical Epicure
Chow Hound

Posted by: Jasper99 | June 25, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The New Meal

Posted by: Jasper99 | June 25, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: dk10024 | June 25, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Post Taste

Posted by: SongGirl | June 25, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

La Grande Bouffe: Food, and Lots of It

Posted by: joelbernard | June 25, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"Meat, the Press" has my vote.

Posted by: AbeLincolnFan | June 25, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

A Socialist's Dying Meal. The WP needs to fire this socialist pig!

Posted by: sheepherder | June 26, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Here are some more ideas, by category. My favorites are starred.

To emphasize the nation as a whole:

Country Dining
A Country Dining
What We Eat

To emphasize the future:

Sustenance (already suggested)
Food Today, Food Tomorrow
The Improving Cook

To emphasize how much affects what we eat and is affected by our choices:

Around the Table
Around the Kitchen
The World at the Table
Dietary Restrictions

To emphasize politics:

The Plate Department (already suggested)
Table That
Off the Table
Food Fights
Bread-and-Butter Politics
*The Counter Revolution

To emphasize that you’re making connections often overlooked:

*Hidden Ingredients

And finally, because the subject is important:

*Eating Matters

Posted by: dk10024 | June 26, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Ezra-vation for Klein

Your Ezra-vation is Ready

Posted by: robb5 | June 26, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Culinary Deconstruction

Posted by: davemarks | June 26, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

On second thought, just lift the title of the column from Ezra's own description of it:

The Politics of the Plate

Posted by: dk10024 | June 26, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

One more round, from another angle. Some of these are even literary:

The fruited plain

Of cabbages and kings
Of cabbages and Congress

The endangered dumpling
Puddings and politics
Hold the corn

Laws and sausages

Posted by: dk10024 | June 27, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

ezra a food a doof a arze

not really, but....

Posted by: jsrutstein | June 28, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Farm to Fork

Posted by: goadri | June 29, 2009 5:36 AM | Report abuse

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