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I never imagined there were so many possible political puns involving the word "plate." Among my favorites were Lindy 47's "The Plate Department" and Amsilver's "Plate of the Union." But after sifting through the hundreds of terrific suggestions, we eventually settled on Scott Paul's "Gut Check" as the name for my new food column. If Scott is reading, he should shoot me an e-mail. And thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions.

Speaking of which, today marks the first edition of my Washington Post food column, "Gut Check" (cool name, huh?). The first piece is a review of "Food Inc.," the new documentary that's sweeping the nation, alongside an interview with Michael Pollan, who consulted on the film, and Robert Kenner, who directed it. Check out the column here. And if you can't get enough, you can read the full transcript of my interview with Pollan and Kenner here.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 1, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
Categories:  Food  
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Ok, I'm up to the challenge of a user willing to "EVEN CHALLENGE a's articles, blogs, reviews, and multimedia features.

This column name (gut check) is dumb. It the column about colonoscopies? Or internalized feelings about some topic without reference to whether there is some factual, rational, or other good basis for believing it?

When I think of gut check, I don't get positive vibes. Instead I get the feeling of some unthinking yahoo (original sense of word) sounding off like a normal Rush Limbaugh - as improbable as that sounds.

I know Ezra isn't a yahoo. Why does WaPo want to convince me that he is?

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | July 1, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Good decision, not going for that "plate" nonsense! This somewhat reminds me of that great Steve Martin movie: "Dead Men Don't Wear Plate"...

Posted by: Gray62 | July 1, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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