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.
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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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British ex-pats denied Marmite fix, anger spreads
May 25th, 2011
10:15 AM ET
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A savory spread popular with British expatriates has found itself at the center of an unsavory furor in Denmark after authorities pulled it from shop shelves.

Sales of Marmite, a dark and sticky substance usually eaten on toast, were halted by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries because it violated regulations over vitamin-fortified produce.

With a distinctive yeasty flavor, Marmite isn't to everyone's taste, but for Brits living abroad the spread is as much a talismanic symbol of their homeland as a snack-time favorite, and its removal had stirred widespread indignation.

Read - Unsavory anger as Denmark halts Marmite sales, Why Piers Morgan is like Marmite and Vegemite smites Obama's taste buds
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May 25th, 2011
09:15 AM ET
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Wherever there's life-threatening weather, civil unrest or natural and man-made danger at hand, CNN reporter Anderson Cooper is in the thick of it, making sure the world knows what's at stake.

Can you blame the man for just wanting a little touch of comfort at lunch? Sink your teeth into the video above for a glimpse into Anderson's meal rituals and memorabilia-stuffed office and visit AC361° for more behind the scenes goodies from the whole AC360° crew.

Previously - Routine repasts



Breakfast Buffet
May 25th, 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.

Winos rejoice!  Pop your corks because May 25 is National Wine Day.

There are so many ways to celebrate this holiday, it will make your head spin (blame it on the ah ah ah ah ah-alcohol).  From pouring yourself a nice, rich vintage to sampling organic wines to cooking or pairing with the best in your pantry, you can go all out.  Every bottle has a story to tell, so you never know what you’ll open up.

Want to learn how to sample wine like a pro?  Try connecting with fellow wine enthusiasts:  Social networking sites like Tastoria and TasteLive provide a place for you to connect with like-minded folk.  There’s also an app (or ten) for novices and pros alike.

Apparently it’s also National Brown-Bag-It Day… so take that as you will.  Pack yourself a creative lunch or take a swig from that brown-bag bottle.
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Coffee klatsch
May 25th, 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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