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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Lunch Room Chatter: Get your Gras face on

By Tim Carman

The latest in food news, ideas and philosophy, just in time for your lunch break.

* Your one-stop party headquarters for Mardi Gras: a primer, a cocktail plan, a pastry rethink, and a long list of parties and food options.

* Must...resist...urge...to...say..."duh": USDA says its ground beef testing process is flawed. (Paper Trail)

* Some very tasty food and recipe writing. (Eater)

* Shrek could help young kids eat carrots. (TIME)

* Today's required reading: If you haven't had time yet, do yourself the favor and read Frank Bruni's savvy profile of a billionaire who plans to live to 125...through a superior diet. (NY Times)

* Guess we need to start bringing our own carts to the grocery store, too. (Good)

* "Forty per cent of food ending up in landfill or the bin is unacceptable and completely avoidable: planning ahead with what is in your fridge would lead to far less impulse buying. We have forgotten that we can change something bigger than our waistlines with the food choices we make: treat the environment well and eat with care, and the body will follow. After all, can you really call yourself an adult if you can't prepare yourself a meal?" (The Guardian)

* President Obama declares war on a "quasi-vegetable byproduct paste that you smear on your toast...Sounds good, doesn't it?" (Eatocracy)

* Lordy, lordy, look who's 40! (NY Times)

* Amanda Hesser: "The Momofuku cookbook was a great cookbook for this reason. It’s written the way David Chang talks. There’s a lot of profanity but the recipes have real voice. That was part of the genius. Nigella (Lawson) is another great example. She has a colorful vocabulary, and she gives you a sense there’s a human being behind the recipe. Dorie Greenspan writes in a formal style, but her sense of experience is vibrant and clear. You find it comforting to make her recipes. You feel like Dorie has been in your shoes and she’s looking out for you." (Will Write for Food)

By Tim Carman  | March 8, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Food Politics, Holiday, Media, Recipes  | Tags:  Lunch Room Chatter, Tim Carman  
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