Fame Bites - Andy Richter
January 21st, 2011
06:30 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

Andy Richter is the comedian, actor and longtime sidekick to our favorite pompadoured late-night host, Conan O’Brien. Yeah - so they're technically part of the Turner family, but one of the gents on Team Coco is pretty much the reason Eatocracy exists, and we love him dearly for it.

Sentimental anecdotes aside, we were positively thrilled to recently chew the cud with Richter on food mascots, girls eating steak and his grandma's French toast.

5@5 - Chef Paula DaSilva
January 21st, 2011
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.

One of our token questions here at Eatocracy is: Who taught you to love food? Particularly of late, we've been talking a lot about how your upbringing can shape who you are (or are not) in the kitchen - from "Tiger Mothers" to grandmothers.

For executive chef Paula DaSilva of the farm-to-table 1500° restaurant in Miami, Florida, it was her native Brazil. Ever since her early days peeling garlic and vegetables in her family’s Brazilian restaurant, DaSilva has caught the cooking bug and hasn't let her knives dull since.

Five Favorite Foods From My Brazilian Heritage That I Can’t Bear to Keep Off My Menu: Paula DaSilva

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Lunchtime poll – oh mama!
January 21st, 2011
12:45 PM ET
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She's one mother of an influence.

Earlier today, we discussed how a "Tiger Mother" made Eddie Huang a more meticulous chef and how MeMe Roth may or may not making her kids unhealthily fat-phobic. Most of us grew up with a Mom (or equivalent - there are many ways to make a family) who did a great deal to shape the way we feed ourselves.

My own mother, while possessed of other virtues, never met a frozen vegetable she didn't try to boil into oblivion or a slab of chuck she didn't attempt to cook 'til grey. The passion for the communion of dining was there, but the cooking itself tended toward the joyless and flavor-free.

This (or at least so far as my therapist and I have decided) goes a good deal toward explaining my dogged pursuit of unfamiliar ingredients, penchant for grandiose cooking projects and general audacity in the kitchen. Sometimes it pays off. On occasion there's back-up take-out - but the meat is never, ever, ever grey.

We'll talk dads later (boy howdy, can mine make a mean Sunday supper!), but for now...

Previously - Cookbooks that changed my life and Could your grandma cook?

Box lunch
January 21st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Are those things real? The blueberries, that is. - LA Times

  • Chef Bryan Caswell will heat things up for the Houston Astros and its fans. - KHOU

  • Deputy FDA Commissioner Steve Hoyer encourages Americans to, "buy a bag of f@#$ing carrots and eat them normally the way you eat a package of hot dogs." - The Onion

  • The newest brews to be excited about - and one you should never subject your taste buds to. - Esquire
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Bagel dogs & Rib-b-que: 162 days in school lunches
January 21st, 2011
11:15 AM ET
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After a year of eating school lunches, Mrs. Q survived to blog about it.

She works at an urban school in the Midwest, where she ate bagel dogs (yes, that's an entree), yellowish meatloaf and chicken tenders, which she likened to "squirts of chicken foam."

With spork in hand, her mission was to chronicle the $3 school lunches on her blog, Fed Up With Lunch. Every afternoon, Mrs. Q - who asked to remain anonymous out of concern for her job - photographed the lumps on her orange school lunch tray, and shared her observations about the food and how it affected students.

The blog gained a substantial following and stirred conversations about what should be on kids' trays. Mrs. Q announced on her blog late Thursday that she will reveal her identity later this year when she publishes a book about the project.

Read the rest of "She ate 162 school lunches - and blogged it" on CNN Health.

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January 21st, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Amy Chua's parenting memoir, 'Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother' delves into the extreme measures she and some other Asian parents take to ensure their children's success later in life. In the book, Chua asserts that American parents allow too many luxuries and distractions to the path of progress, and outlines in unflinching detail the rigors she imposed on her own children's study, music practice and even birthday card making.

While seemingly much of this effort is geared toward producing doctors and lawyers, sometimes the best laid plans can take a slight turn. Eddie Huang, who famously published his mother's e-mail rebuke after he received a zero-star review of his restaurant in the New York Times, indeed earned that law degree. Then he chucked it all and opened a restaurant - for which he both credits and (lovingly) blames his parents.

Previously - Eddie Huang and his mother on Asian American identity and lessons learned from a bad review

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January 21st, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Is MeMe Roth an anti-junk food activist on a great crusade or one mother of a neurosis factory? Watch the video and weigh in.

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Breakfast buffet
January 21st, 2011
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.

We don’t mean to clam up on you, but today’s creamy, hearty food holiday warms the cockles of our heart. January 21 is National New England Clam Chowder Day.

Put those clammy hands to work preparing your chowder with fresh clams, salt pork, potatoes, onions and cream. Mop up the remains with bread if available - or even better, serve in a sourdough bowl for easy clean-up.

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Coffee klatsch
January 21st, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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Pssst! Got a sec to chat?

We are utterly thrilled when readers want to hang out and talk – whether it's amongst themselves or in response to pieces we've posted. We want Eatocracy to be a cozy, spirited online home for those who find their way here.

Consider the daily Coffee klatsch post as your VIP lounge – the primary comments thread for readers who'd like to chat about topics not related to the articles we're running. That way, everyone knows where to find each other, and each post's comments section remains on topic.

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