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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Todd Ginsberg is a Jew with a Carrot, chefs and addiction, and other stuff from the internets

Todd Ginsberg
Bocado chef Todd Ginsberg is profiled in the Jew and the Carrot, the Jewish Daily Forward's food blog. His interview begins, "I’m Jewish, but I cook pork. Is that a problem?” (Todd also got married this past weekend. Congrats!!)

Also in the chef-profile department, Eater interviews one of my favorite chefs in the Southeast, Sean Brock.

The Chicago Tribune has an interesting story about chefs and addiction. One recovering addict I know said that when he got out of rehab and lived in a sober house, one of the house's rules was that you had to get a job but it couldn't be in food service. I'm not sure whether the industry creates addiction or attracts folks who are predisposed to addictive behavior — it's probably a combination of both and cyclical as a result. But I have noticed, in Atlanta at least, it seems as though drugs are less a part of kitchen culture than they were five years ago.

Aspen, Colo., is the first community to officially sign on to the Meatless Monday initiative. Schools, restaurants and organizations have pledged to serve meat-free meals on Mondays to help improve the city's personal and environmental health.

Apparently, pimento cheese is a big deal. It's on two lists of 2011 food trends and has broken free of its Southern roots to be served in restaurants in New York and Washington, D.C. Plus, now it comes in cheesecake form.

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