How We Eat and Play

From the Toronto Blue Jays’ latest slump to the case against eating fish, we spent a lot of time discussing the two things that are sure to divide—and unite—us all: food and sports.

From the Toronto Blue Jays’ latest slump to the case against eating fish, we spent a lot of time discussing the two things that are sure to divide—and unite—us all: food and sports.

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In anticipation of the new year, we revisit some of Canada’s biggest conversations of 2017



From the Toronto Blue Jays’ latest slump to the case against eating fish, we spent a lot of time discussing the two things that are sure to divide—and unite—us all: food and sports.

Illustration by Benoit Tardif

 

The Best Cookbooks Make Room for Creativity

 
The Redpath Canadian Bake Book boasts more than two hundred recipes, but it’s missing the most important ingredient: magic
By Gail Singer

The Wonderful World of Canadian Snacks

 
From ketchup chips to Wagon Wheels, a new book tells us why our junk food is the best
By Benjamin Errett

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Roberto Osuna

 
As the Blue Jays close another losing season, we’re reminded that we learn the most about athletes when nothing goes right
By Nathaniel Basen

The Case Against Eating Fish

 
As a biologist, I know what can happen to seafood before it ends up on our plates. That’s why it’s not on mine
By Laura McDonnell, illustration by Franziska Barczyk

Inside the Controversial Concussion Lab That Could Save Football

 
Why Toronto researchers are questioning the link between the sport and long-term brain damage
By Brett Popplewell, photography by Jalani Morgan

How Pickled Lettuce Got Me to Oxford

 
I’d always longed to attend the storied university. I had no idea an old family recipe would get me there
By Gail Singer, illustration by Tallulah Fontaine

Canada’s Bid to Create a World Chess Champion

 
Montreal’s Eric Hansen is a self-described Chessbrah, but he could also be the best player this country has ever had
By Sasha Chapin, illustration by Joel Kimmel

How Jean Paré Taught Canada to Cook

 
The Company’s Coming author has sold 30 million books by perfecting everything from casserole to pie
By Kristy Woudstra, illustration by Isabel Foo

Get Over Kale

 
An otherwise worthless vegetable reminds us why nutritional studies are unreliable
By Nicole Schmidt

Building Tennis Nation

 
Inside the bid to take Canadian players from obscurity to stardom
By Alex Pugsley

When Toronto Turned Its Back on Vince Carter

 
A new TIFF documentary reveals the impossible expectations we place on our star athletes
By Nathaniel Basen

Inside Canada’s Secret Potato Laboratory

 
When they’re not taste-testing french fries, scientists are building a spud that will outlast us all
By Karen Pinchin, illustrated by Justine Wong

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