5@5 - Reasons to use endangered ingredients
July 18th, 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.

One might hear the word "extinct" and immediately think of dinosaurs and dodo birds, but some of our more delicious cohabitants might also be at risk.

Shaun Garcia is the chef of Soby's, a restaurant peppered with heritage ingredients, in Greenville, South Carolina.

When he's not in the restaurant, Garcia can often be found on his tractor Lucille working his 7-acre farm, where he grows several types of produce from the Slow Food Ark of Taste list.

The Slow Food Ark of Taste is a catalog of foods that are at risk of extinction - either biologically because of industrialized agriculture or as culinary traditions - and Shaun has made it his mission to preserve and promote them.

Five Reasons to Use Endangered Ingredients: Shaun Garcia

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Blogger Spotlight: A Growing Tradition
July 18th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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We're highlighting local and regional bloggers we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured bloggers and blog:
Who: Thomas Nguyen Generazio, of A Growing Tradition
Where: Methuen, Massachusetts

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July 18th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
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"I will never say, 'That's it! We're perfect!'" ever-exuberant chef and restaurateur Mario Batali tells CNN Money. "The first day you think you're done as a chef, you might as well write 'a*****e' across your forehead."

Previously: Scorpacciata – Mario Batali explains it all and Batali in Italian food fight? Not quite.

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Box lunch: Over-sized forks and oenophilic reads
July 18th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Of wines and words: The best books on wine. - The Browser

  • Large-format meals are so hot right now. - Grub Street

  • Well, that's one way to quit your job at Taco Bell. - WTOP

  • Don't think you're changing the world by shopping at farmers markets, says Jay Raynor. - Guardian
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