Watercress Now; Restaurants Bring the Noise

It's not as exciting as ramps to most foodies, but watercress has been gaining a following among both chefs and home cooks, and it's in season now. [NY Times]

Food photography in restaurants is getting out of hand. Dovetail's John Fraser has had customers set up tripods. Momofuku Ko, La Esquina, and Corton have banned cameras. [NY Magazine]

Gwyneth Paltrow says that were she not in movies, she'd open a restaurant. The actress loves to cook "American food, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, I make bread and fresh pasta." [Coventry Telegraph]

A new study reveals that people who serve themselves at the kitchen counter instead of at the table eat fewer calories. Conversely, to eat more fruit and veg, put it out. [FOXNews]

People turn to baking in a poor economy, and breadmaking is now all the rage. Making sourdough is a special interest, which takes the dedication of keeping a pet for the starter. [Wall Street Journal]

Louisiana wants people to know the state's seafood supply was barely affected by the recent oil spill. Only six of 32 oyster beds in the Mississippi River have been closed. [NY Times]

Certain restaurants apparently keep the noise level high in order to get people to drink more and eat faster. But customers and critics don't like it. [CNN]

The FDA's director of food safety is leaving the agency for an academic post. Stephen Sundlof, a veterinarian by profession, has been with the FDA 16 years. [Wall Street Journal]

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