5@5 - Josh Ozersky
May 25th, 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.

Hello, is it meat you're looking for?

Then meat meet Josh Ozersky, a James Beard Award-winning food writer for TIME Magazine and author of "The Hamburger: A History" and "Meet Me In Manhattan: A Carnivore’s Guide to New York City."

Ozersky is also the founder of the Meatopia festival, where noteworthy chefs from all over the country cook up cows, pigs, lambs, goats and every barnyard animal in between for the omnivorous masses.

If you haven't sensed a common theme here, the man likes - and knows - his meat.

The Five Things Every Carnivore Must Know: Josh Ozersky

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Grate balls of fire? Not on our watch.
May 25th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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Ah, the scents of spring: freshly mowed grass, honeysuckle in bloom and...ugh! What's that acrid, choking cloud wafting from the next yard over?

Right - that guy. He's always inviting the whole cul-de-sac or complex around for burgers and brats. They'll always show because he's such a friendly fella, but they'll either fill up on slaw and beans or feign having had a big breakfast because frankly, his grilled meat and vegetables taste like they were strapped to the front of a Mack truck and driven through the Mojave Desert.

Be a good neighbor and slip him these five tips for saving the flavor of grilled foods - before they even hit the grate.

Box lunch
May 25th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Let sausage season commence. - NPR

  • The big world of food through the eyes of tiny people. - My Modern Met

  • Chingo Bling uses food imagery, like tamales, to rap about the bigger issues in Texas. - New York Times

  • A lot of gin punch will turn any Memorial Day barbecue right side round. - Gilt Taste

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May 25th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Eric Marrapodi is on the ground in Joplin, Missouri, covering the post-tornado devastation. Read his previous dispatch on the town's demoralizing lack of coffee.

Here in Joplin it is a tale of two cities. Much of the town is sparkling. Restaurants and hotels are packed. First responders, construction teams, and FEMA workers are tripping over each other in the lobbies.

Insurance adjusters in starched shirts with their logo emblazoned are seemingly everywhere. All State, State Farm and other insurers have satellite trucks set up and pop-up tents dot strip mall parking lots. Their work is well underway. Today any business still standing is flying a flag half mast.

Last night we had another tornado scare here. CNN photojournalist John Person, Brian Todd and I were chomping on steaks at the Outback in Joplin. We heard a faint siren. The manager jumped on the microphone, normally reserved to tell guests their table was ready.

"There's a report of a tornado coming toward us," he said. "All the staff is heading to the walk in cooler to take shelter. You are more than welcome to join us."

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