April 12th, 2011
06:30 PM ET
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Fame Bites - Russell Simmons
April 12th, 2011
06:00 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.

Hip hop impresario Russell Simmons has just come out with a new book called "Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All." The book's message is just as it sounds: you can have it all, but "all" isn't necessarily what you think it is - it's a state of enlightenment.

Part of that spiritual richness includes treating your body as a temple, Simmons says - which is why the self-made multi-millionaire and co-founder of Def Jam Records is a devoted vegan.
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Going gluten-free and better for it?
April 12th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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(Health.com) - Sarah Cooper was a new mom in her mid-20s, busily juggling her family and a career as an electrical engineer, when everything came to a halt.

She lost all her energy. She developed acne. And she began experiencing gastrointestinal problems: bloating, diarrhea, cramping, constipation. Her doctors, thinking something must be missing from her diet, put her on various vitamins, none of which helped.

"It was all I could do to go to work," she says.

After years of failed treatments, Cooper's luck changed. She saw a doctor who suspected she might have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can appear at any age and is caused by an intolerance to gluten.

A protein found in wheat, barley, and rye (and countless food products - like bread and pasta - that contain those grains), gluten gradually damages the intestines of people with celiac disease, preventing the absorption of vitamins and minerals and setting off a slew of related health problems, which can include fatigue and bad skin.

Read the rest of "Will a gluten-free diet improve your health?" on CNN Health.

Previously – Gluten defined and When did G-free get all...sexy?

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Lunchtime poll – should schools rule kids' lunches?
April 12th, 2011
12:45 PM ET
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Any e-mail tip from Ali Velshi tends to be the most interesting thing in my inbox, and today was no exception. As he'll be discussing on today's CNN Newsroom, Monica Eng and Joel Hood of the Chicago Tribune report that a school on the city's West Side is prohibiting its students from bringing home-prepared lunches to school, unless they have a medical excuse or an allergy.

Instead, the children at Little Village Academy, must either purchase lunch from the school's cafeteria, or opt to skip lunch entirely. Unsurprisingly, students and parents alike are unhappy with the blanket policy, and are speaking out.
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Box lunch
April 12th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The double life of the office candy jar: afternoon pick-me-up and gut buster. - Wall Street Journal


  • The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A day in the life of an unpaid apprentice at El Bulli. - The Guardian


  • Wherein "Snooki-derived bar revenues" are calculated. - New York Times


  • It's not your imagination, iced coffee does lighten up faster than hot coffee when cream is added. - Gizmodo


  • After her divorce, Gabrielle Hamilton wasn't going to lose her Italian mother-in-law or her baked eggplant. - Bon Appetit
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iReport – The most disgusting foods in the world
April 12th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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One man's "disgusting" is another man's really rockin' dim sum. I can't say I'm completely at one with the choice of the wording for this CNN Go iReport assignment "The most disgusting foods in the world," but then, it points to a longstanding problem with terminology for the category.

TV host Andrew Zimmern, who sets the gold standard for adventurous global eating, goes with "bizarre." Others opt for "oddity," "exotic," or the often euphemistically-employed "delicacy" to describe highly-localized, often animal derived (though there's always natto), sometimes fetal, fermented or pungent or deliberately rotted or maggot infested...
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April 12th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Breakfast buffet
April 12th, 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.

In case you forgot that the entire month of April has been deemed National Grilled Cheese Month, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day.

A month and day to jubilate in bread, butter (or mayonnaise, depending on your persuasion) and oozing cheese - canwegetanamen?!

But enough with our cheesy chit-chat: start warming up that skillet - and don't forget to check out our tips from grilled cheese Jedi, Laura Werlin.

What's on TV?
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Coffee klatsch
April 12th, 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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