June 30th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
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CNN Health writer Madison Park recently traveled to South Africa to watch the World Cup. She ate well.

What can $4 buy you in South Africa?

A heaping plate of chicken biryani, served with lentils enough to feed a small family, fried calamari strips, tender, light and perfectly flavored - and none of this is "fast food."

Finding a delicious, filling meal on a shoestring budget is not difficult in South Africa, thank goodness, because airfare, World Cup game tickets and accommodations can break the bank.

With English, Dutch, Indian influences, flavors possibilities seem unlimited. Here are some meals under $4 we found in Cape Town.
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June 30th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
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Forrest Gump-ian antics ensue. His words – not ours. We're utterly charmed.

See all Gulf Coast seafood coverage on Eatocracy and full coverage throughout CNN

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June 30th, 2010
10:01 AM ET
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New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - Gulf state health and fisheries officials and leaders from several federal agencies will collaborate to set safety levels for seafood coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday.

"We want one single standard so you don't have to worry about where you fish, when you can fish," Biden said. "Bottom line is, we want to get fishermen back out on the water as soon as possible after the oil has been removed."

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Roger Ebert cooks up a book
June 30th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
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Legendary Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert will publish his long-promised paean to rice cooker cuisine on September 21st via publisher Andrews McMeel. The notion for the book, entitled "The Pot and How to Use It. The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker" was inspired by rabid reader response to a blog post he'd penned about the versatility of the appliance he and wife Chaz had received as a wedding present.

Though Ebert lost a portion of his jaw to cancer several years ago and can no longer speak or eat, he was not daunted. He writes, "To be sure, health problems have prevented me from eating," Ebert writes in the book. "That did not discourage my cooking. It became an exercise more pure, freed of biological compulsion."

[Via: ABC News]

Eatocracy interviewed Ebert about his appetite for online conversation, his rabid (and dirty minded) Twitter followers, and living vicariously through others' meals.

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Eatcyclopedia – yams vs sweet potatoes
June 30th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
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Eatcyclopedia is our ever-expanding glossary of food terms, and we'll be highlighting a term from it each weekday. The entries include definitions and, where applicable, pronunciations and country of origin - all spelling bee competitor style. Want us this use it in a sentence? Okay, here goes.

Use: Sure, you love chowing down on Aunt Franny's yam casserole every Thanksgiving, but sadly, you've been living a lie; it's actually made from sweet potatoes.

(Pictured above: sweet potato. Not yam. We can't even get our hands on a yam for a picture.)
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Breakfast buffet
June 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.

On the last day of June, float on into July.

June 30 is National Ice Cream Soda Day - a nostalgic summertime treat from the soda shops and general stores of the good ol' days.

Fill up a tall glass with crispy-cold Coca-Cola, top with a scoop of ice cream and serve with the signature long-handled spoon. It's time to get your froth on.

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June 30th, 2010
08:00 AM ET
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Burgers blazed by hot dogs, steaks and other mains to rank as top pick for your Independence Day picnics. Now - how do you take 'em?

Previously – Up your grilling game

Round 1: Main dishes & drinks
Round 2: Hot and cold sides
Round 3: Toppings and level of doneness
Round 4: Desserts

See all our best grilling advice at Grilling 101

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