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.

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.

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]