Study Says Overeating Similar to Drug Addiction; Locavorism Leads to Slaughterhouse Shortage

A new study suggests that high-calorie foods may be as addictive as cocaine or nicotine, and could be at the root of compulsive eating and obesity. Overconsumption of fatty foods was found to trigger addiction-like responses in the brain. [Reuters]

By devising signature ground meat blends for his customers, Pat LaFrieda has managed to reinvent both the burger and the role of the butcher. [NY Magazine]

Lentil and other legume farmers have launched a marketing campaign to promote the use of their goods not only in soups and stews, but also in breads and cookies. [AP]

Restaurateurs open up about being forced to make changes to deal with the economic crisis, such as cutting employees and delaying maintenance or repairs. [Nation's Restaurant News]

Eat or drink your favorite celeb with one of these eponymous specials: The Eliot Spritzer at Hill Country, Tyra's Mini Mac 'n' Cheese at Macbar, The Scarlett Special at The Pump. [NY Post]

After being hit hard by the credit crunch over the past two years, Gordon Ramsay is opening his first restaurant in Australia today: Maze. [Bloomberg]

With the increased popularity of locally raised meat, local farmers are faced with a shortage of slaughterhouses throughout the country. [NY Times]

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