Cultural identity and an invitation to supper (shhhhhh!)
July 8th, 2011
06:30 PM ET
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5@5 - How animals are raised for food
July 8th, 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.

As long as Eatocracy has been around, we've talked a lot about where our food comes from and how it's grown. Some of it's pretty and shiny and heirloom(!) - some of it, not so much.

Ultimately, how you choose to process the information is up to you and we welcome all to our table - whether vegan activist or meat-loving chef - but that doesn't mean there isn't room for passionate dialogue, which we'd love to hear in the comments below.

Bruce Friedrich is a well-known animal rights activist and senior director for strategic initiatives at Farm Sanctuary, a farm animal protection organization with a mission "to end cruelty to farm animals and promote compassionate living." He was the former Vice President for Policy of PETA.

Five Things You May Not Know About Animals Raised For Food: Bruce Friedrich
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iReport: Rice - the grain that feeds the planet
July 8th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
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Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.

Risotto, pilau, rice pudding, bibimbop, arancini, arroz con pollo, biryani, congee, etouffee, paella, nasi goreng, red beans and rice, onigiri, dolma, dirty rice: nearly every nation on Earth uses rice in its staple dishes.

We turned to our worldwide community of iReporters to let tell us how this simple cereal grain keeps them tied to their culture's cuisine, feeds their stomachs and souls - and in once case, even found them true love.
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Box lunch: Experiments in cheese melting and horsemeat baby food
July 8th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • A quest to get any cheese to melt like American cheese. - Serious Eats


  • One man's disgust is another man's dinner: the world's strangest supermarket foods. - Travel & Leisure



  • Kobayashi has been booted out of the World Record wiener's circle after video emerges showing he didn't eat as many hot dogs as originally reported. - Gawker


  • Eat a fish to save another fish with the help of the Smart Seafood Guide. - NPR
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Lunch for launch and snacking in space
July 8th, 2011
10:15 AM ET
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Atlantis' journey to the International Space Station will be NASA's 135th and final mission in the space shuttle program, which began 30 years ago. Tune in to CNN's live coverage of the launch Friday, starting at 10 a.m. ET on CNN, CNN.com/Live and the CNN mobile apps. As part of our coverage our teams are the ground are sharing what they are seeing and hearing during this historic day.

John Zarrella is CNN's Miami correspondent. He has been covering space shuttle launches since 1984. All that travel can make a man - terra firma or extraterrestrial - pretty hungry.

- Teen girls send edible invention into space
Mikayla and Shannon Diesch won a Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation competition that challenges students to come up with commercially viable solutions to real world problems - like snacking in zero gravity.
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Breakfast buffet: National chocolate with almonds day
July 8th, 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.

These two go together like peas and carrots, only sweeter - July 8 is National Chocolate With Almonds Day.

Sensuously rich chocolate complements the delicately sweet crunch of almonds so well, the combo has a whole day to itself.

Unwrap an Almond Joy, dig into some chocolate-covered almonds or get these two ingredients up close and personal in a chocolate almond torte.
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Sweet flavors of home feed expats' souls
July 8th, 2011
08:00 AM ET
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Food says so much about where you’ve come from, where you’ve decided to go, and the lessons you’ve learned. It’s geography, politics, tradition, belief and so much more and this week, we invite you to dig in and discover the rich, ever-evolving taste of America in 2011. The week will culminate with a Secret Supper in New York City, and Eatocracy invites you to participate online starting Monday July 11th at 6:30 p.m. E.T.

The world tastes good ‘cause the candy man – or in this case, Stefan Ernberg - thinks it should.

Swedish-born Stefan Ernberg and his wife, Florence Baras, own Sockerbit in New York City. It’s a store with the tagline “Sweet and Sweedish” because it only sells candy - Swedish candy at that.
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Coffee klatsch
July 8th, 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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