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Monday, June 13, 2011

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and Factory Farms, the Angry Birds Cookbook

Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 9:17 AM


Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media.

1. Antibiotics and Factory Farms. This weekend, the august Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote an op-ed spelling out the links between antibiotics given to animals raised in close confinement and antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as the killer strains of E. coli and MRSA. Nothing new to fans of journalists like Barry Estabrook and Tom Philpott, but when people outside the food world start demanding we reduce antibiotic use in livestock, something might get done.

2. No, you won't kill yourself. The pressure cooker is coming back into fashion in America, reports NPR. It's reportedly safe. And you can make caramelized carrot soup and soft-boiled eggs.

3. Two things you should not try at home. A waiter preparing Bananas Foster in a Florida restaurant set four diners on fire. In other disturbing news, the makers of Angry Birds are publishing an egg cookbook, which we presume will not be titled Cook Your Babies.

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