November 5th, 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.

No food Web site would be complete without the requisite list of the best food-related songs ("Cheeseburgers in Paradise!" "Strawberry Fields Forever!") or top food-related movies ("Tampopo!" "Chocolat!") - but here at Eatocracy, we decided to beat that beat a little further.

By trade, Justin Warner is a captain at The Modern - Danny Meyer’s fine dining restaurant in New York City that holds three stars from the New York Times and one star from the Michelin Guide.

By craft, Warner drops oenophile-themed hip-hop to the food industry masses under his pseudonym, Jdollasign. He's known to spit "Châteauneuf-du-Pape" to the tune of Snoop Dogg's "Drop it Like It's Hot," and engage in epic "Grapes of Rap" battles at food and wine festivals - and now, he's live in studio to share his favorite rhymes with some serious flavor.

Five Gastro-Rap Anthems: Justin Warner

Got a favorite rhyme that bites back? Share your favorite gastro-rap anthems in the comments.
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Cooks Source cribs blogger's work, suggests payment for the privilege
November 5th, 2010
04:45 PM ET
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CNN Tech has weighed in on the publishing blunder that's got everyone from food fiends to 4chan up in arms over online copyrights. In a nutshell, a blogger named Monica Gaudio found that a post she'd written about medieval tart making had been reprinted, without her permission, in a Western New England print magazine called Cooks Source.

When Gaudio contacted the magazine's editor Judith Griggs to ask for an apology on Facebook and a donation of $130 - approximately $.10 a word - to the Columbia School of Journalism, she was shocked to receive a reply that read, in part:

"But honestly Monica, the web is considered "public domain" and you should be happy we just didn't "lift" your whole article and put someone else's name on it! It happens a lot, clearly more than you are aware of, especially on college campuses, and the workplace. If you took offence and are unhappy, I am sorry, but you as a professional should know that the article we used written by you was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than was originally.

Now it will work well for your portfolio. For that reason, I have a bit of a difficult time with your requests for monetary gain, albeit for such a fine (and very wealthy!) institution. We put some time into rewrites, you should compensate me! I never charge young writers for advice or rewriting poorly written pieces, and have many who write for me... ALWAYS for free!"

When Gaudio brought the story public on her blog, the collective denizens of the internet, well...

They did not like that one bit.

CNN Tech has the full story of the ongoing online backlash against Cooks Source, but we'll hazard a guess as to what got folks' - especially food writers - brioche in a bunch.
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November 5th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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From Lunchtime poll – Thanksgiving kitchen emergencies:

"A few years ago one of my co-workers was hosting Thanksgiving dinner for her family. Since her mom had to drive a long way to get to her house, she sent the ingredients for the green bean casserole to her daughters house. My friend noticed that her mother had included crumbled bacon, not something she usually added, but my friend included them anyway.

During dinner one of her nieces commented on the added bacon. At which point her mother turned a little green, and gently informed everyone that the 'bacon' was really her dog's Beggin' Strips that she had packed for his snack! My friend will never live down the dog food casserole!" - coyotemom

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Box lunch
November 5th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.


  • Speaking of burgers, why can't Britain cook a decent one? - Esquire


  • An attempted robbery is thwarted by a squash. - WMUR


  • A customer forgets their doggie bag at a restaurant and asks for a gift certificate in return. Thoughts from the peanut gallery? - Eater


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