Ivory Coast coffee and cocoa industry to be state run
March 7th, 2011
10:30 PM ET
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Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, who is fighting to keep a political title the United Nations says isn't his, on Monday nationalized the nation's two main cash crops, coffee and cocoa, according to state-run television.

In a statement read on air, the government announced that "the purchase of coffee and cocoa from producers and producer groups is done exclusively by the state on the entire national territory."

"The export of products of the coffee-cocoa sector is carried out by the state, by any legal person mandated by the state or holder of an exporter license," the government announced. "Approved exporters get their cocoa beans and green coffee from the state or any legal person mandated by the state."

The Ivory Coast is the world's largest supplier of cocoa beans.

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March 7th, 2011
07:15 PM ET
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The International Association of Culinary Professionals doesn't just award distinguished cookbooks; it also celebrates excellence in food journalism with the IACP Bert Greene Awards. Grab a snack and get clicking.

2011 Bert Greene Finalists

Culinary Writing about Beer, Wine, and/or Spirits

"Drinking in Islamabad"
Lawrence Osborne
Playboy Magazine

"Revolutionary Spirit"
David Wondrich
SAVEUR Magazine

"Divide & Conquer: Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Dish by Dish"
Patrick Comiskey


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March 7th, 2011
05:45 PM ET
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For the past 25 years, the International Association of Culinary Professionals has celebrated excellence in the field of culinary publishing with the IACP Cookbook Awards. Behold the finalists for the 2011 honors.

2011 Cookbook Award Finalists


"The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern"
Author(s): Matt Lee, Ted Lee
Editor: Rica Allanic
Publisher: Random House, Inc.

"The Winemaker Cooks"
Author(s): Christine Hanna
Editor: Bill LeBlond, Sarah Billingsley
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Photographer: Sheri Giblin

"Fried Chicken & Champagne: A Romp Through the Kitchen at Pomegranate Bistro"
Author(s): Lisa Dupar
Editor: Miriam Bulmer
Publisher: Southern Accents, Inc.
Photographer: Kathryn Barnard
Stylist: Alicia Nammacher


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Vintage Cookbook Vault: A "stripper housewife" brings the giggles and jiggles
March 7th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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The Vintage Cookbook Vault highlights recipes from my insane stash of books and pamphlets from the early 20th century onward. It's a semi-regular thing.

Shake that aspic!

We're always thoroughly delighted when readers take us up on our vintage recipe challenges. Y'all came through with the Frank and Corn Crown. While the Aspic supper salad challenge garnered fewer entries, boy did they stand out.

Meet The Stripper Housewife a.k.a. burlesque performer Peekaboo Pointe. Not only is she the "Fastest Tassel-Twirler from East to West," - she's not afraid of a little bit of cold beef tongue.

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