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Friday, July 30, 2010

Food Journalism Pioneer Michael Batterberry Dies at 78

Posted By on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 7:00 AM


Michael Batterberry, founder of Food and Wine and Food Arts magazines, has died. The 78-year-old died on Thursday after a long illness. He also wrote 18 books, many on food or dining. Wine Spectator has his full obituary.

Forget the warm milk and turkey. The Washington Post reports foods that hinder sleep outnumber foods that help you sleep. Fat tops the list of insomnia-inducers. Caffeine's the obvious culprit. Alcohol's bad, too. And warm milk and turkey? The former's relaxing, but won't make you sleep. You'd have to eat a ridiculous amount of the latter for it to have an effect.

The latest in sustainable meat in the United Kingdom - squirrel. The Guardian says that a grocer in north London started selling the rodents five months ago and sells around 15 a week. Store owner Andrew Thornton says, "I think it's lovely. It's bit like rabbit. I think there will be a lot of fuss about this now, but in a few years it will become accepted practice that we eat squirrels. People don't bat an eyelid now about eating rabbit."

Ranch or no? Celebrated chef Todd English refuses to serve ranch dressing at his Las Vegas outpost, P.U.B. Las Vegas Weekly asks the all-important question: who the hell asks for ranch for their fries? Or, rather, do chefs have the right to refuse to serve a condiment they don't like?

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