5@5 - French dishes to try before you die
December 1st, 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.

Jean Joho knows a thing or deux about French food.

For one, he is French (that generally helps).

And two, Chef Jean Joho began his formal chef training as an apprentice at the acclaimed L'Auberge de L'Ill in Alsace, France - when he was THIRTEEN.

Unsurprisingly so, he's become a well-adorned chef in his own right - currently overseeing Eiffel Tower in Vegas, Brasserie Jo in Boston, as well as Everest and the Paris Club in Chicago.

"There are so many great dishes from France. It is really impossible to narrow it down to just 5, though I have tried my best," says Joho.

"If this list were to be renamed '10@10,' I would also include the French croissant, coq au vin, French macarons and French wine - because in France, nothing is served without it."

Five French Dishes Everyone Should Eat Before They Die: Chef Jean Joho

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Hanson's 'MMMHop' beer taps new market for hop stars
December 1st, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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Ah, the 90s. It was the age of innocence – and Fruit Gushers.

It was the decade that brought us "Happy Happy Joy Joy," a painstaking interest in Cory and Topanga's relationship, Shaq's impeccable acting skills in "Kazaam!" and Tamagotchis.

It also brought us Hanson: the then long-haired trio of brothers who belted out their sweet, sweet harmonies to teens and tweens around the nation.

And now it seems they’re taking one such harmony, 1997's infectious "MMMBop," to the beer aisle – with the launch of “MMMHop.”

After all, what better way to relive the decade that was “all that and a bag of chips” than at a bar - especially since Hanson’s original fan base is of legal drinking age now.

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December 1st, 2011
01:30 PM ET
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Oh Anderson, how do you not get scurvy? Or even rickets? You are a beautiful, intelligent creature, sent unto us from the heavens, and we would like you to live well and healthily for a very long time. Please eat some vegetables.

No, really - your twice a day corn and mashed potatoes from Boston Market don't really count. Even if you go for the double serving of corn as you are wont to do. And it's not like you're alone - according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 data, only six percent of men and four percent of women eat enough vegetables.

You can do better than that, Anderson. You can BE better than that.

Box lunch: Frying felons and Bieber flapjacks
December 1st, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Another thing to worry about? Being mugged by a frying pan-wielding perpetrator. - Jezebel

  • You can now douse Ryan Gosling in syrup: Celebrities immortalized in pancake form. - Celebuzz!

  • Natty Light becomes the first beer in space. That's one small step for man; one giant leap for fraternity-kind. - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Note to ad agencies: A chicken commercial featuring dictators probably isn't going to go over well. - Daily Mail

  • Shrimpers and crabbers in the Gulf Coast will now receive compensation that is four times the amount of their oil spill losses. - nola.com
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Japan Eats: Thirsty in Japan? Ask a machine for a drink
December 1st, 2011
09:05 AM ET
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In Japan they say that the customer is God and even a machine is expected to pay its respects.

It’s a saying that supports the idea that Japan is the land of the vending machine with perhaps more machines per person than anywhere else in the world. In Japan’s cities they can be seen on most street corners dispensing sodas and hot coffee, but also more far-out items like ice cream, french fries, umbrellas and clothes.

They’ve even made it to the top of Mount Fuji, providing hungry hikers with hot, steamy instant noodles at the summit.

The country even has its own association of vending machine manufactures, the JVMA, which notes that the number of automatic dispensers in Japan, including ticket machines, amounts to over 5 million. That's a human-to-machine ratio of around 24 to one.

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Breakfast buffet: National pie day
December 1st, 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.

Today celebrates a different kind of piety - December 1 is National Pie Day!

Is there a more fabulously festive way to kickstart December, THE month of holiday baking, than indulging in pie all day long? We think not, so strap on your apron and get bakin'!

Pie originally came to be out of necessity. During ancient times, soldiers and travelers needed a safe, easy way to transport enough food to sustain them for long periods of time without worrying about it spoiling. Wrapping meat, cheeses or even a honey filling in an early form of pastry, made using flour, water and fat, proved a handy way to get their meals on the run.

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Coffee klatsch
December 1st, 2011
05:00 AM ET
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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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