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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wednesday food links

Posted By on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 4:34 PM

First, an update on the blue mozzarella story mentioned on Monday: AP now reporting that bacterial contamination turned the cheese blue. Mmm, life in the food chain.

40 burgers that can kill you via The Daily Beast—I notice a lot of these are from Chili's and Applebee's. Interesting, on one hand they also have ads emphasizing their healthier choices, and then they contradict themselves by bringing out fatty, salty new burger concoctions. Hmm...

In Boise, Idaho, there has been a continuous problem with someone dropping mayonnaise into the library book drops, which I'm sure just makes the librarians' day. Now there's an AP report saying they may have found who did it: a 74-year-old woman named Joy Cassidy.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is unhappy about Happy Meals. They're threatening to sue McDonald's for marketing Happy Meals...to kids.

New York Times has an article about a new trend in bachelor/ette parties: big blowout dining out events instead of the usual.
“For the groom, carnal pleasure involved eating,” said Archie McAlister, 43, explaining why he reserved the chef’s table at the Breslin in Manhattan for a bachelor party he held earlier this month for Theo Peck, 38, a cook.
Huh, okay then! Also, get a load of the guy who begins singing that "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" song when talking about foodie bachelor/ette parties.

Huffington Post has a slideshow of the most WTF cookbooks...Hey! I did a post about this back in May! Copycats! (I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...) They did find a few I missed, although some of them aren't so WTF in concept as WTF in cover art.

Again from the NYT, a look at dinner co-ops where many people share the burden of cooking. Cool idea, probably works best in apartment or condo complexes where everyone is friendly to one another.

Visit HuffPo's new "GastroLab" for a roundup of science-y food links, like a study saying there's a certain hormone responsible for how we perceive sweetness in food.

The National Pork Board is weirdly protective of the "The other white meat" tagline—one that they're thinking of ditching—so much so that they sent a cease-and-desist to ThinkGeek over canned unicorn meat, a joke product created for April Fool's Day (oh, uh, if you believed unicorns are real, I've just shattered your reality, sorry).

Finally, those following the World Cup might know about some of the kookier things surrounding the North Korean team ("Kim Jong-il talks to me on a tiny invisible cell phone!" and the true identity of North Korean "fans"), but what is up with this photo? "Yup, this is a radish. Make sure the proles don't get a hold of this or they might start having capitalist thoughts"? "Can this be used as a weapon"? "This is just proof I'm still alive"?

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