May 29th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
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Welcome to the family, Anthony Bourdain!
May 29th, 2012
12:45 PM ET
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World-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain will join CNN as host of a new weekend program, creating a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel. The announcement was made by CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker.

“For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism,” said Whitaker. “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.”

Read - Anthony Bourdain Joins CNN to Host New Weekend Program

Previously - Q & A: Anthony Bourdain, back in Beirut and Q & A part 2: Anthony Bourdain talks food love and family meals

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Box lunch: Sofa snacking and ghostly dining
May 29th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Want to eat less junk food? A new study says get your tuches off the couch. - Daily Mail

  • A look at five restaurant chains offering or testing gluten-free menus. - NRN

  • Paranormal activity in restaurants puts the "boo" in bouillabaisse. - Guardian

  • Tina Nguyen comes to terms that most celebrity chefs wouldn't be celebrities without being great. - The Braiser
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Fukushima radiation detected in bluefin tuna on California coast
May 29th, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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Scientists hope to test new samples of Pacific bluefin tuna after low levels of radioactive cesium from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident turned up in fish caught off California in 2011, researchers reported Monday.

The bluefin spawn off Japan, and many migrate across the Pacific Ocean. Tissue samples taken from 15 bluefin caught in August, five months after the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi, all contained reactor byproducts cesium-134 and cesium-137 at levels that produced radiation about 3% higher than natural background sources – but well below levels considered dangerous for human consumption, the researchers say.

Cesium-137 has a radioactive half-life of about 30 years, and traces of the isotope still persist from above-ground nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and '60s. But cesium-134, which has a half-life of only two years, "is inarguably from Fukushima Daiichi," Stanford University marine ecologist Dan Madigan told CNN.

Read the full story: Low levels of Fukushima cesium found in West Coast tuna

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