Aug 3, 2020
Inside the August/September Issue of AARP The Magazine: Special Food Issue Fueled By Faith, Family & Friendship
World-renowned chef José Andrés reflects on his special friendship with Anthony Bourdain; PLUS: Exclusive Interview with Acclaimed Actor and Western Star Kevin Costner discussing the importance of ‘staying true to yourself’; The ‘Property Brothers’ bring new life to old rooms; Geriatrician Dr. Donnie Batie discusses faith in medicine, and more

WASHINGTON— Superstar chef, author, entrepreneur and humanitarian José Andrés invites AARP into his kitchen for a conversation on family, food, community and caregiving in AARP The Magazine’s (ATM) special Food Issue. Andrés shares how his non-profit, World Central Kitchen, is partnering with AARP to provide meals to people over 50 during the pandemic.

The special food package also includes an exclusive, extended report from Ruth Reichl, former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and food critic for the New York Times, on how America’s food choices and preferences have changed so drastically over the past 50 years – in some ways for the better, but in many ways to the detriment of our health and environment.

In this issue of AARP The Magazine:

Cover Story: Kevin Costner
Two-time Academy Award®-winning actor, director and producer Kevin Costner, known for effortlessly portraying cowboys in Western films, talks staying true to yourself, transcending clichés in Westerns and pursuing the best work of his career in the August/September issue of ATM.

A Physician of Faith and Reason/Dr. Donnie Batie/Baton Rouge

Louisiana-based geriatrician, Donnie Batie, MD., shares his struggle to protect 1,200 patients during the Coronavirus pandemic and touches on another growing health crisis: the staggering shortage of geriatricians in the United States. The esteemed doctor also opens up about religion and how he’s able to separate his faith from science and medicine.

Property Brothers to the Rescue

TV’s favorite home-makeover twins, Drew and Jonathan Scott, are back with stuck-at-home renovation advice for every age and budget. The HGTV stars share budget-friendly fixes for the kitchen, dining area, living room, bathroom and yard. As Jonathan puts it, “There’s no time like a global pandemic to get your house in order.”

What I Know: Carol Burnett

From childhood, to college, to her EMMY®-winning show, Carol Burnett reflects on her inspiring journey. The comedy queen also reveals her favorite quarantine activities and gives some important advice for dealing with loss: Don’t forget to laugh.

What Your Body Needs at 50+

As we age, so do our nutritional requirements. In this month’s issue, AARP The Magazine shares the key ingredients to a healthy body at every age and stage with advice for building bone strength, preventing age-related muscle loss and more. Plus: what you need to know about hormone balance, protein intake and how to have a (naturally) colorful diet.

Moneysaver: Facts to Reassure You

In the midst of a global pandemic which has quickly devastated the American economy, AARP experts weigh in with positive thoughts on property value, social distancing, retirement savings, employment, financial security and more.

Upfront: Great Pretenders

Looking for a way to make popular dishes like Caesar Salad, Fried “Chicken” or a Southwest Scramble with delicious plant-based alternatives? Tip: Swap out protein staples such as eggs, beef, chicken and pork for mushrooms, tempeh, seitan, jackfruit and tofu. Get more plant-based pro tips in this month’s issue of ATM.

Everyday Heroes

AARP pays tribute to older “essential workers” who continued to do their jobs in the months after the pandemic hit America, despite difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions. This issue features Tina Weber, who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 37 years; Charles Vascellaro, a baseball reporter-turned-propane-delivery-driver; Calvin Taylor, a Detroit sanitation worker, and more. Read the inspiring stories of these everyday heroes in this month’s issue.

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