August 10th, 2011
08:41 PM ET
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Anderson Cooper reports live from Somalia and talks with U2's Bono about the disturbing hunger situation there and how you can help. Tune into "AC360º" at 8 and 10 p.m. ET Wednesday on CNN.

There is no way to dignify the description of death by starvation. It is neither quick nor painless. Not too long after the food is cut off, the body resorts to fuel reserves in the liver and fatty tissues. Once the fat is all gone, and the person is a skeleton of what he or she once was, the body searches for protein, and finds it in muscle tissue. Even the muscle of the heart is consumed, leaving someone drained and listless.

The body shuts down. The pulse, the blood pressure and body temperature all precipitously drop. Little kids such as Ahmed (a six year old boy at the Dadaab refugee camp) completely stop growing and become stunted in time.

Read more at Saving Ahmed from starvation

Previously - The funny sounding nut paste that's saving children's lives in Somalia



Feast on Fiction: Harriet the Spy
August 10th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
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Apropos of our post on the Tomato and Mayonnaise Sandwich - A.K.A. The Finest Sandwich in the Known Universe, we present some passages from Louise Fitzhugh's 1964 'Harriet the Spy'.

"There is nothing that makes me sicker than watching Harriet M. Welsch eat a tomato sandwich. Pinky Whitehead"

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5@5 - Food rules to live by
August 10th, 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 kids across America prepare (read: drag their feet) for the start of another school year, teachers are just as busy preparing for their imminent arrival - including hanging that ubiquitous poster outlining the class rules of "treat others like you'd like to be treated" and "keeps hands, feet and objects to yourself."

Speaking of rules, chef Linton Hopkins has a few of his own to contribute to the rest of the class - though his are more applicable in the lunchroom than in the library.

Hopkins is chef and co-owner of Restaurant Eugene and Holeman & Finch Public House in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the Southern Foodways Alliance Board President, a multi James Beard Award nominee, a Food & Wine magazine "Best New Chef" and co-founder of the Peachtree Road Farmers Market.

Five Good Food Values: Linton Hopkins
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Box lunch: Epic spills and peanut butter pie
August 10th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • You shouldn't cried over spilled milk, but $2.5 million in smoked sturgeon? You can shed a tear. - Smithsonian



  • Can you dig it? Putting up food, that is. - Ecocentric


  • One woman's dysfunctional relationship with food growing up, and how she managed to function it. - xoJane


  • Eating healthy can actually cost less in some cases. - Globe and Mail
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