Sniffing Out Oil-Tainted Seafood; Just Who Is Ruth Bourdain?

Ruth Bourdain, the tweeting persona who is half Ruth Reichl, half Anthony Bourdain wants to keep his/her identity a secret, even turning down the chance to appear on a panel with Bourdain and Reichl at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. [Wall Street Journal]

Michelle Obama invited more than 500 chefs to the White House, including Rachael Ray, Tom Colicchio, and Jose Andres, to act as allies in the fight against childhood obesity. [Reuters]

As demand for big-ticket items like luxury cars decreases, food marketers, like the makers of Sabra hummus, are increasing their ad spending. [NY Times]

Some 40 inspectors have been trained at a federal fisheries lab in Pascagoula, Mississippi, to literally sniff out seafood tainted by oil in the Gulf of Mexico. [AP]

The $1,000 meals at Masa have payed off for chef-owner Masa Takayama, who has just bought himself a $4.8 million townhouse on West 92nd Street. [NY Times]

McDonald's is recalling 12 million Shrek Forever After glasses after it was discovered that the designs on the cups contained cadmium, a known carcinogen. [Nation's Restaurant News]

In shows like Ultimate Cake Off, Ace of Cakes, and Cake Boss, competitors create architecturally impressive cakes, but with days of construction they're probably stale. [Wall Street Journal]

A new book entitled One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef asks just what makes a good piece of steak. The answer, if anything, is not raising it on corn. [NY Times]

Anthony Bourdain says his new memoir, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, out Tuesday, was "cathartic to write." [NY Post]

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