5@5 - Cuts of meat to purchase for grilling season
April 10th, 2012
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.

Some folks assert that Memorial Day weekend is the official beginning to grilling season.

While those folks are sitting indoors twiddling their spatulas until May, we'll be out stretching our toes in the freshly mowed grass and perfuming the air with eau de charcoal.

A burger is certainly an excellent, inaugural item to set aflame to, but the world is your (grilled) oyster; beef up your repertoire with Pat LaFrieda's favorite, grill-friendly cuts of meat.

LaFrieda is one of the stars of Food Network's "Meat Men" and the owner of Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, a 90-year-old wholesale butchery that supplies more than 500 restaurants with every cut of meat you can imagine.

Five Picks Of Meat To Purchase for Grilling Season: Pat LaFrieda

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April 10th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
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French gastronomy is a male-dominated world, and its centuries-old traditions are fiercely protected.

So, although Anne-Sophie Pic is the daughter and granddaughter of Michelin-starred chefs, it was not always clear she would continue the family tradition.

But in 2007, with no formal training, Pic became the only female chef in France (and only the fourth woman in history) to earn the culinary world's top honor - a three-Michelin-star rating - for her family's restaurant, La Maison Pic, in the Rhone-Alpes town of Valence. While in 2011, she was voted World's Best Female Chef as part of the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards.

Read the full story: 'World's best' female chef shares recipe for success

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Box lunch: Sushi robots and coffee texters
April 10th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Suzumo's sushi-making machine can make 3,600 pieces of sushi in an hour. Also of note: The soundtrack to the demonstration video. - Wired

  • Speaking of cybernetic revolt, the ‘Textspresso’ machine makes coffee when you text. - GeekWire

  • So you want to be a food writer? Here's a recipe for success. - Food 52

  • Foreign brewers want to woo Chinese drinkers away from cheap, local brews to ... Budweiser. - Bloomberg Businessweek
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Diet foods don't have to be a super bummer
April 10th, 2012
10:30 AM ET
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When you're on a diet, food consumes your life.

You can't eat carbohydrates, so you think about them constantly. You can't dig into your co-worker's candy drawer, so M&M's float across your computer screen like a desert mirage.

You skip the bar after work because that's where the margaritas live. And forget snacking after 8 p.m.; that would be breaking diet rule No. 364.

"I've hated diets all my life," says Lucy Danziger, who is ironically the author of a new weight-loss book, "The Drop 10 Diet."
"If I tell you 'Don't think about this,' that's all you can think about."

What if losing weight didn't have to be so negative?

Read - Eat more 'superfoods' to lose weight

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