December 28th, 2012
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Editor's note: Nathan Myhrvold is CEO of Intellectual Ventures, author of "Modernist Cuisine" and "Modernist Cuisine at Home." Sanjay Gupta hosts The Next List on Sundays at 2 p.m. ET, only on CNN

CNN: For people who don't know anything about cooking, how would you define modern cuisine?

Myhrvold: So modern cuisine is the movement of chefs that are trying to create new kinds of food, new food experiences. And they don't care if they have to break some of the traditional rules of cooking to do so.
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December 28th, 2012
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5@5 - Secrets of the best chefs
December 27th, 2012
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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.

When Adam Roberts started his food blog, The Amateur Gourmet, as a way to unwind from the rigors of law school, he had no idea what he was cooking up. Nearly nine years later, Roberts is a full-fledged pro in the food world, with a passionate online following, a stint as an online show host for Cooking Channel and a food writing career that spans multiple publications and two published books.

He likens his most recent cookbook, "Secrets of the Best Chefs," to "an amateur guitarist getting to play for a year with The Rolling Stones...or an amateur athlete getting to train with the New York Yankees." In the course of writing "Secrets," Roberts worked side-by-side with some of the nation's most prominent and accomplished chefs, learning and translating their recipes and techniques to help enthusiastic home cooks (like him) who are eager elevate to their meals.

Readers who follow Roberts' and the chefs' approachable, easy-to-follow advice might not be ready to hop on the line in a restaurant kitchen, but they'll have friends and family standing in line, waiting for seconds.

Five Chef Tricks to Use at Home: Adam Roberts
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6 must-have foods and drinks for 2013
December 27th, 2012
11:30 AM ET
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to find our culinary heart's desire, we listen up.

What do you want to be eating more of in 2013? Right now, in the midst of my post-holiday food hangover, my answer is “nothing.” My follow-up answer is “anything that’s associated with the word cleanse.” But I’ll get over that.

So I looked in the crystal ball we have lying around at Food & Wine in anticipation of moments like this, and I discovered five foods and one kind of drink that will be on fire in 2013. So get out your soup spoons and Sex on the Beach glasses.

Happy New Year everyone!
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Only you can prevent food waste
December 26th, 2012
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Waste happens. Every cook knows that. Still, discovering wilted herbs or a loaf of stale bread can make you feel careless. Plus, tossing out food is expensive! The average American household discards between $500 and $2,000 worth of food a year.

But there are clever ways to minimize waste, by storing food carefully or preserving it at its peak to enjoy later, says Sherri Brooks Vinton, author of "Put 'Em Up," a book about preserving food. Here, a few of our favorites.

Read the full story - "How to stop wasting food" - on CNN Living.

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December 26th, 2012
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Several times a year, the distinctive aroma of fondant, frosting and fudge waft through the Hilton Hotel in downtown Atlanta.

During the holiday season, it is for the Patty Cakes Holiday Cake Affair. Philadelphia native Patty Green organizes the event every year in hopes of discovering and training novice bakers with a hidden talent for culinary confections.

“My dream is not only to have the cake competitions build growth and exposure for our cake bakers, but to be able to raise money for them to build their business - to own bakeries, to be business owners," she said. "Also, for myself, to be exposed to helping those with astronomical needs.”

A recipient of Green's generosity, Amanda Earl, has already begun making a name for herself in the baking community.
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National candy cane day
December 26th, 2012
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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.

We're hooked! December 26 is National Candy Cane Day.

In folklore, the story of the candy cane is full of religious symbolism. The shape of the candy cane itself symbolizes a shepherd's crook. Legend goes that in 1847, an Indiana candy maker colored the canes red, for the blood of Jesus. The white was said to represent purity and the Virgin birth. Turned upside down, the candy cane looks like a "J," for Jesus.

Many, including Snopes.com, have debunked this story, saying that candy canes have been around since the 17th century. There's no basis for the explanation of the symbolism in historical fact - they weren't red and they weren't striped. Still, they taste good no matter what color they are!
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