The USDA Gets Locavore Fever; The How-to-Stay-Regular Cookbook

The USDA has launched a new campaign entitled Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, that includes a close to $65 million handout to help connect small -- especially sustainable -- farms to people seeking local food. [NY Times]

To help fight obesity, universities are posting caloric information in their dining halls, but emphasis on calorie counts can backfire and lead to disordered eating, even among students with no history of food issues. [Newsweek]

The Un-Constipated Gourmet: Secrets to a Moveable Feast - 125 Recipes for the Regularity Challenged is a cookbook aimed at those wanting to stay regular. The first step is to avoid eating large quantities of things like bagels, white potatoes, and pizza. [Washington Post]

Chefs David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, Calif., Alexandre Gauthier of Auberge La Grenouillere in La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil, France, and Michel Bras of the eponymous restaurant in Laguiole, France each took over a Manhattan kitchen last night. [NY Times]

Why did Tavern on the Green fail? In addition to the current financial downturn, the uncertainty over whether the city would renew its license affected its wedding and banquet business, which accounted for 60 percent of its sales. [NY Times]

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