5@5 - Five secrets to the perfect pizza
June 20th, 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.

If the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, it could be amore - but it's more plausible that you're craving a slice so fiercely, you're starting to hallucinate your sweetheart as a dashing deep-dish.

Instead of taking the frozen route or having the delivery person pay a visit, why not bring the pizza-making pizzaz home?

Tony Liu, the executive chef of Morandi and Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria in New York City, is here to deliver a few saucy secrets - in 30 minutes or less.

Five Secrets to the Perfect Pizza: Tony Liu
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Make money from your cookbook shelf
June 20th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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We know, this sounds suspiciously like an internet ad that tells you how to make money by selling prescription drugs online. No, this might be even easier. Some cookbooks that you just might have sitting on your shelves are going for quite a bit of money on Amazon.

We’re not talking about super-specialized books like Modernist Cuisine, the recently released, $625, 46-pound compendium by Nathan Myhrvold, nor a first-edition copy of Elizabeth David’s A Book of Mediterranean Food, which went for $1583. (Although if you have either of those books on hand, you’re lucky, and potentially rich.) We’re talking specifically about The Last Course, by pastry goddess Claudia Fleming.

Published in 2001, the book ranks just above the 783,000 mark on Amazon’s best-seller list and originally cost $40.  Now, a first edition of The Last Course is on sale for $800 on Amazon, with used copies going for $142.
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One year of Eatocracy
June 17th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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One year ago today, Eatocracy went live to the world, and while plenty of people are still a tad confused about how to pronounce it*, they've had no shortage of things to say. As managing editor, I couldn't be more delighted. We started this site because we love nothing more than talking about food.

I don't just mean waxing rhapsodic about the ultimate grilled cheese, perfect burger or shrimp etouffee - though we certainly enjoy sinking our teeth into those conversations. We love stirring the pot and getting people thinking, talking and typing back about all the issues, politics, relationships and emotions that go into feeding both your body and your soul.
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June 16th, 2011
08:00 AM ET
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Summertime is nigh, and for seafoodie Ben Sargent, that means one thing: bring on the lobster rolls.

Sargent first clawed his way onto the food scene in 2010 as his underground, lobster-dealing alter ego "Dr. Claw," also affectionately referred to as "Tha Lobstah Pushah."

At the height of his crustacean career, Massachusetts-born Sargent was shelling out 150 rolls a night from his snug Brooklyn apartment to the lobster-loving masses - well, that is until the Department of Health paid him a little visit and scrubbed his whole shellfish stint.

Luckily, Sargent has since re-emerged - thus far without any DOH violations - as the host of “Hook, Line & Dinner” on the Cooking Channel.

Even more lucky for us, he has relapsed into his old lobster-pushing ways to deliver a few pointers on building the perfect lobster roll.

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5@5 - John McDonald
June 13th, 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.

Sharing is caring? Not when it's crazy delicious.

When it comes to certain foods, we all have our selfish moments. Whether it's a rustic slice of carrot cake or the slightly more refined sea urchin toast, if someone tries to extend a fork in the general direction of your plate, they might well lose a finger - and a friend - in the process.

John McDonald, the restaurateur behind New York City's Lure Fishbar, MercBar and Burger & Barrel, knows the feeling.

Now, back away slowly and no one gets forked.

Five Dishes I Won't Share with Anyone: John McDonald
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Paul Liebrandt: Portrait of the chef as a young artist
June 13th, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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"I'm not a nutcase. I'm just an artist," says Paul Liebrandt at the beginning of A Matter of Taste, director Sally Rowe's film documenting the chef's turbulent, and eventually triumphant journey through the kitchens of New York.

Liebrandt, a onetime Food and Wine Best New Chef, winner of multiple Michelin stars and now chef at New York City's Corton allowed Rowe access to his restaurant kitchens and home life over the course of ten years - a development that surprised both of them. The film, which premieres on HBO tonight at 9 E.T. presents an intimate evolution of a driven, complicated, artful and often misunderstood chef in search of an appreciative audience.

Eatocracy sat down with Liebrandt and Rowe during the SXSW festival to discuss the role of discipline, artistry, fear and the redemptive power of a little Chihuahua named Spencer.
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The best potato salad we've ever had
May 30th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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Admittedly, I'm not the best photographer in the universe, but in my defense, potato salad ain't pretty. It is, however, delicious and my husband Douglas makes the best rendition of it I've ever had.

A few subtle touches - fresh thyme, a kiss of smoked paprika and crunchy celery leaves - elevate this picnic staple from side to stand-out.
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May 26th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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All National Cheeseburger Day coverage

When you're called the best burger in the country, those are some pretty big shoes to fill.

When you're called the best burger in the world by the London Observer, those are gold-laced sneakers of Shaquille O'Neal proportions.

Memorial Day weekend is practically the opening ceremony of the summer grilling Olympics, and this year, it's time to go for gold with your own personal burger trainer.

Joey Campanaro is the chef and owner of the Little Owl in New York City - he's also the man behind the meaty masterpiece that is purportedly the world's best burger.
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May 23rd, 2011
12:45 PM ET
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Alexandra Willingham is a CNN video journalist. She previously introduced us to the culinary delights of Key West.

For all Paris has to offer – history, scenery, romance – food is still a main claim to fame. While it would be impossible to list all of the delicious and varied French dishes you may come across, this a good starter for those lucky enough to visit the City of Lights.

1. French Onion Soup
This savory soup is a common example of a popular stateside dish that has its roots in French cuisine. It is a symphony in three parts: a caramelized onion-laced broth, croutons, and a layer of crunchy, bubbly cheese. Onion soup is on the menu at nearly every restaurant, which means the variety is endless - from light broths to rich, heavy brown stew and a particularly compelling presentation where the soup is poured, tableside, over fried onions atop an onion soufflé.
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