5@5 - Chef Rick Moonen
July 29th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

You may recognize the above gentleman as Chef Rick Moonen, owner and executive chef of RM Seafood in Las Vegas, author of "Fish Without a Doubt" and more recently, the runner-up on season two of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters."

A vocal advocate for sustainable fishing and seafood, Moonen has a "Big Five Theory" - essentially saying restaurants in the United States typically serve only five groups of fish: tuna, bass, snapper, cod and salmon. Keeping up with this belief, Moonen provides some seafood substitutions in order to give the "Big Five" a break.

5 Fish That Deserve a Break: Rick Moonen
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July 29th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
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I don't have family recipes - at least on my side of the marriage. More on that at another time, but most of my culinary heritage is stitched together from books that somehow made their way onto my shelves and into my psyche.

Here are a few that changed the way I eat, drink and think, forever.

1. An Invitation to Indian Cooking – Madhur Jaffrey
Vintage (1973)
When Dorothy cracked open the door of her tornado-tossed Kansas farmhouse and stepped from staid black and white into lilting, lively, color-popped Oz, it must have something akin to how I felt when my Dad suddenly started cooking from this book.

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July 29th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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The Pakistani mango is banned in the United States, mainly because any foreign pests imported with it may jeopardize the United States own tropical fruit industry.

Would you cross the border to get a taste?

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Blogger Spotlight: Immaculate Infatuation
July 29th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every weekday, we're highlighting a blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Who: Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang, of Immaculate Infatuation
Where: New York City, New York
Twitter: @immaculateinfat
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Lunchtime poll – wedding food
July 29th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Rumors are flying fast and furious that former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton's wedding menu is to be exclusively vegan and gluten-free. While that's not actually true - Ms. Clinton herself has a gluten allergy and has been known to follow a vegan diet, but is making a range of options available to her guests - commenters at websites like Serious Eats are engaging in some debates on the subject.

So, we're asking:

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Box lunch
July 29th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Twizzlers help Lindsay Lohan cope with incarceration. - People


  • Dairy Queen has asked a court to stop Yogubliz from selling its Blizzberry and Blizz Frozen Yogurt products, claiming the name is too similar to DQ's Blizzard product. - Business Week


  • Statistics show more and more Orthodox Jewish women are struggling with eating disorders. - The Huffington Post



  • A branch of Budgens supermarket in London is currently selling grey squirrel meat. Despite the disapproval of animal welfare groups, customers are scurrying to the store to buy it. - The Daily Mail
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What's your food fantasy?
July 29th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
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Growing up, did you dream of being a celebrity chef like Mario Batali or a celebrated cookbook author like Julia Child? Maybe a farmer, a restaurant owner, professional baker or a Willy Wonka-like chocolatier? Our friends at iReport want to know about your childhood dream career, and what your young family members aspire to. Do you have the next Alton Brown or Anthony Bourdain on your hands? Give us the scoop.

UPLOAD your story on iReport and you just might be featured on CNN

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Breakfast buffet
July 29th, 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.

If you're looking for a way to pasta day away, celebrate National Lasagna Day! (Editors' Note: Sorry. Also? We'll be here all week. Try the gnocchi.)

The classic layered creation is arguably the most recognizable of all the Italian baked dishes. Reading like the back of a shampoo bottle, the formula is simple: pasta, cheese, sauce, repeat.

Now, where's Garfield? It's time to get sauced.

What's on TV?
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July 29th, 2010
12:00 AM ET
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