May 10th, 2013
04:15 PM ET
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The first time Meyer Wolfsheim met Jimmy Gatz, the young man hadn't eaten in days. Freshly released from Army duty and on the hunt for a job, the major wore his medal-decked uniform around town not to tout his valor or value - but rather because he couldn't afford civilian clothes.

For the princely sum of just over $4, Wolfsheim stuffed the starving kid full of food and locked in his loyalty for life.

Hollywood–worthy Oscar party snacks
February 23rd, 2013
08:00 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.

No matter whether you’re hosting or making a cameo appearance, there’s a lot to do before the Oscar night party train starts rolling. You have to secure an outfit that will get you voted best dressed, nail down the winners for the Oscar pool, brush up on your nominated films trivia. (CNN Entertainment has some helpful conversation starters, including that Argo director Ben Affleck had his six key actors and actresses live in close quarters for days, without Internet or air conditioning, to simulate hiding out in the Canadian ambassador’s house.)
And then of course there’s the all-important Oscar–viewing-party menu. You can honor the food in the nominated films—maybe find a recipe for Crabby Snacks or serve a big bowl of Raisin Bran in a nod to Silver Linings Playbook. Alternatively, you can go high-style Hollywood and order these fancy snacks and beverages, whether it’s for the Oscars or another fashionable party.

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An obsession is Bourne! Meet the new wave of movie snacks
August 10th, 2012
10:45 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.

You’ve seen the omnipresent ads. Now get ready for the first Bourne movie without Jason Bourne.
And when we say, "get ready," we mean, "start thinking about your movie snack strategy." Whether or not you need something to get you through a Bourne installment that doesn’t include Matt Damon is your own decision. (Personally, we’re big fans of Jeremy Renner, too.)

Remember, The Bourne Legacy is one of the last big action films of the summer. According to a recent New York Times story, "More Bitter Pills than Popcorn," the fall movies are going to tackle tough issues. Exhibit A: Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained is a brutal tale about a former slave who hunts white plantation owners.

So we say, break out the popcorn (or your favorite popcorn alternative) now while it’s still summer and the action heroes are still on-screen in full force."

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Love, loss and what Nora ate
June 27th, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Nora Ephron, the prolific essayist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter and movie director, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71.

Some of her most renowned accomplishments include the canon of romantic comedies, "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail."

Her most recent film, "Julie & Julia," follows writer Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams) as she cooks her way through Julia Child's cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and subsequently, finds a new recipe on life. Meryl Streep earned a 2010 Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the legendary bon vivant, Julia Child.

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May 23rd, 2012
05:00 PM ET
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What happens when people stop being polite and start getting real?

According to the last few seasons of MTV's "The Real World," they get drunk, hook up and make innumerable questionable decisions.

What happens when strangers come to live on a family farm in rural Arkansas, grow their own food, give up modern-day conveniences and attempt zero waste?

While it may not sound like a compelling reality show by MTV's standards, that's exactly the premise of the independent film, "The Garden Summer," which debuted to a sold-out crowd in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 16. It also premiered in Conway, Arkansas, on May 18.

Inspired by the idea of social capital, then-Georgetown graduate student Hailey Wist came up with an idea for a social experiment that would challenge people like her to live off the land. The ultimate goal was "to inspire, not preach."

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The lunch of heroes: 'The Avengers' sparks interest in shawarma
May 18th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
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Warning: The following contains minor spoilers for "The Avengers."

Odds are if you had never heard the word "shawarma" before this month, you have by now.

Towards the end of the box office juggernaut "The Avengers," Iron Man - played by Robert Downey Jr. - asks the rest of the superhero team if they've ever tried shawarma because he heard there is a good restaurant for it nearby.

In an extra scene that hardcore fans know was shot mere weeks ago, we witness Thor, Captain America, Bruce Banner and the rest of the heroic clan quietly enjoying shawarma after casually saving the world.

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March 26th, 2012
01:00 PM ET
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iReporter kdelizzle says she created a Hunger Games inspired cake for the bakery she works for in Florida. After she created the cake, which took her approximately five hours, she handed out samples at the midnight showing of “The Hunger Games” last Thursday, and says people really enjoyed it.

As for "The Hunger Games" movie, kdelizzle says she was blown away by the movie, and thought it really translated well from the books. Although she loved everything about the movie, she says she did find one particular highlight in the film, "I think Peeta was my favorite my character because he is a baker too," she says.

More from iReport at the movies: 'The Hunger Games' has arrived!

Previously - 'The Hunger Games' bucks hunter stereotypes and Life-sized Stormtrooper cake takes eaters to the delicious side

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March 21st, 2012
04:00 PM ET
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If you think of hunters as men in camouflage, you better think again.

Eatocracy associate editor Sarah LeTrent and CNN's Suzanne Malveaux discuss how "The Hunger Games" bucks the conventional idea of people who hunt.

Watch Eatocracy on CNN Newsroom every Wednesday at 12:45 ET.

'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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