'The Hunger Games' bucks hunter stereotypes
March 16th, 2012
09:30 AM ET
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“Within a few minutes, I spot a rabbit and make my first kill with the bow and arrow. It’s not my usual clean shot through the eye, but I’ll take it,” says the narrator in “The Hunger Games.”

“The Hunger Games” is the wildly popular trilogy of dystopian novels by Suzanne Collins – and the narrator is not a stereotypical camouflage-clad hunter; she’s a 16-year-old girl.

The eagerly anticipated first film of the series hits theaters on March 23, and with the growing popularity of protagonist Katniss Everdeen, aims to shoot down conventional ideas of people who hunt.
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Fame Bites - Jeff Austin of the Yonder Mountain String Band
February 23rd, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

Though he lives in Colorado now, Jeff Austin will always call Chicago home, and that, perhaps, is a rather unlikely place to spawn a professional mandolin player. On the other hand, the Windy City is ripe for churning out foodies, and if you follow Jeff on Twitter, you’ll know that food is one of his favorite topics.

Most people, however, simply know him as one-fourth of the Nederland, Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band with which he tirelessly tours to audiences around the world.

When the progressive bluegrass band rolled through Atlanta on their current Cabin Fever Tour, CNN joined Jeff for dinner at Rathbun Steak where we managed to order probably enough food to heartily feed everyone in attendance at their sold out show at The Tabernacle. Alas, nothing was left but bones...

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Pancake rapper Mac Lethal on romantic cheesecake, BBQ and the second best cuisine on Earth
December 5th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal took the internet by storm last week with a one-two punch of a blistering rendition of "Look at Me Now" and a Tumblr called "Texts from Bennett."

While the authenticity of "Bennett" is a matter of some dispute, the 30-year-old Mac Lethal (a.k.a. David Sheldon) brooks no argument over his skills as an MC or as a home chef. As Lethal spits mad rhymes in an uninterrupted take, he cooks up what looks to be flawless pancakes in his home kitchen, suggesting his comfort serving up both beats that are fresh and beets that are tasty.

As longstanding fans of the intersection of hip-hop and cuisine, we asked Mac Lethal to drop some knowledge about his culinary life.
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Fame Bites – Jarius Wynn
September 22nd, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

For most of us, football food means hot wings and pizza but have you ever wondered how the players chow down?

The Green Bay Packers’ six foot three inch, 285 pound defensive end Jarius Wynn takes his food regimen very seriously and is as disciplined off the field as he is on. The Super Bowl champ loves his family, his football and his Macadamia nut cookies, but he does takes time out for a three week soul food eating sabbatical every year.

And about those Wisconsin cheese curds...

Eatocracy: Do you like to cook?

Jarius Wynn: Yes, I can cook everything, but I'm not too good at cooking macaroni and cheese from scratch. It just never turns out right, but everything else I can cook pretty well.

I like to cook on the grill - steaks, chicken, ribs and burgers. I get that from my dad. My dad is trying to open his own barbecue business.
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Fame Bites - Curtis Stone
July 28th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

You may best recognize the strapping Australian as the host of  Bravo’s "Top Chef Masters," TLC's "Take-Home Chef," or as a contestant from Donald Trump’s "Celebrity Apprentice," but fun fact(!), the pretty face on the television can legitimately chef.

So - we recently decided to shoot the breeze with Stone about paying his culinary dues and his mum's cracklins.
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Fame Bites - John Legend
July 13th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

Are you ready to go (eat) right now? Consider this is your "green light."

John Legend, the nine-time Grammy Award-winning crooner and poverty activist, recently set aside a few minutes from his tour with Sade to talk about his crusade against sugary drinks and the secret to finger lickin' good fried chicken.
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Fame Bites - Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
May 11th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

You may best recognize Debi Mazar as Vincent Chase's publicist on HBO's beloved series "Entourage," but she's got a lot more cooking.

Mazar and her Italian husband, Gabriele Corcos, are the bloggers behind "Under the Tuscan Gun" and hosts of "Extra Virgin" on Cooking Channel.

We recently chatted up the girl from Queens and her amore about giving back and their philosophy on food.
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Guess who's coming to dinner?
April 22nd, 2011
03:00 PM ET
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Yesterday, we were positively delighted to learn that Kelly Ripa is as fascinated with political analyst David Gergen as we are - and even better, that she wanted to give him pie. Well here at Eatocracy, we're all about making culinary dreams come true - so we reached out to The Gergs himself to see what he had to say about it.

“Dinner with Kelly Ripa? Anderson tells me she is a dream but I have never imagined that I would have the pleasure of her company. So, yes, I would definitely enjoy a dinner with her and would happily include Anderson, her husband Mark, and my own bride.

I only have one caution. She says she will bring pecan pie, and my southern soul would love that. But my team has just told me that she holds the Guinness World Record for throwing the most custard pies at someone in a single minute – 23! So, Kelly, please bring the pecans but leave the custard at home.”

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Fame Bites - Kelly Ripa
April 21st, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

For the past ten years, as most Americans are grudgingly filling up their Trenta-size Thermos mugs with watered-down office coffee, Kelly Ripa has been perkily co-hosting "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly" alongside Regis Philbin.

In a little reversal of roles, we put Ripa in the interview chair to find out which Pepperidge Farm snack she considers her edible Kryptonite and why she's so fascinated with one Mr. David Gergen.
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