May 19th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
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David S. Rust is a Senior CNN Photojournalist

One of the most acclaimed steakhouses in America, Doe's Eat Place might not even have been a restaurant if it hadn't been for the devastating flood of 1927.

Located in the sleepy southern town of Greenville, Mississippi, the restaurant traces its roots to a grocery store opened by the Signa family when it moved to Greenville in 1903.

According to Charles Signa, Jr, one of four family members who co-own Doe's, the grocery store did very well until the massive Mississippi Flood of 1927.

The store was inundated with six feet of water, and Carmel Signa, the family patriarch, had to swim out of a window in what is now the kitchen of Doe's Eat Place.

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Box lunch
May 19th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Break out the blowtorch in the kitchen, and embrace your inner pyro. - LA Times

  • Ruminations on the connection between poverty and obesity from Holmes County, the most obese part of Mississippi, - NPR

  • That's a lot of dough!: The 25 top-earning chefs. - Daily Meal

  • Lawmakers want a $2 million lottery winner to stop receiving food stamps. - Detroit Free Press
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May 19th, 2011
09:45 AM ET
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Beijing (CNN) - I was out shopping for groceries the other day with a friend of mine who has been living in Beijing for over a decade. We stopped by the fruit section, and I automatically gravitated to the bright red apples that looked delicious sitting on the store shelf.

She immediately stepped in. "I choose the apples that are pock-marked and are slightly bitten up by bugs," she told me while replacing the apples in my basket. "I figure if the fruit is good enough for the insect, it's good enough for me."

In China, she told me, the most perfectly formed, most appetizing piece of fruit is the scariest of them all.

FULL STORY - "How do you eat safely in China?"

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Breakfast Buffet
May 19th, 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.

Today you’ll have some sympathy for the devil – May 19 is National Devil’s Food Cake Day.

While the origins about the name of this airy chocolate layer cake remain mysterious, it’s easy to agree that this dessert is sweeter than sin.  If death by chocolate were an offense, this cake would be one crafty culprit.

Devil’s food cake distinguishes itself from other cakes by using cocoa and coffee as the main sources of flavor rather than actual chocolate.  Boiling water is often used instead of milk, as well.

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