Rachel Levin

Rachel Levin is a San Francisco-based freelance journalist who has written for such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Outside, the New Yorker, and Eater, where she was the San Francisco restaurant critic. An occasional columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, she is the author of LOOK BIG: And Other Tips for Surviving Animal Encounters of All Kinds and co-author of EAT SOMETHING: A Wise Sons Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews, which Eater named one of 2020’s Best New Cookbooks. For Alta, she writes about lab-based meat, reusable cups, and other trends for the back page column, "What Next."

The stainless steel Vessel coffee cup is one of several reusable ones being tested.

Bring Your Own Cup

The single-use coffee cup is going the way of plastic bags and plastic straws: slowly but surely out of fashion.

Lab-Grown Meat: From Beakers to Beef

Lab-grown meat is coming—first to high-end restaurants and someday soon to a drive-through near you. Are you ready to try it? 

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