Lunch Room Chatter: Achatz is a liar!?

The latest in food news, ideas and philosophy, just in time for your lunch break.

* They’re smearing John Mariani’s good name again! Which is why the Esquire writer suggested that cancer survivor Grant Achatz is a liar. Achatz responded with shrug; the chef’s business partner noted that they have the facts on their side. Lunch Room Chatter is dumbfounded that Esquire let Mariani review Achatz’s autobiography given the flap.

* Did the Obamas drop the “V word” in beef-loving Brazil? (Politico)

* Why there are no bacon bits on salads bars. (NY Times Magazine)

* Secretary Tom Vilsack on the upcoming Farm Bill, ag subsidies, urban farming and agricultural support for Japan. (Good Food)

*House Ag Committee members want to make sure their campaign coffers are fed, not hungry Americans. (National Journal)

* Jack’s box now has wheels. (HuffPo Food)

* Local chef and food writer Pati Jinich says Sephardic cooking went on a joy ride in Mexico. (Splendid Table)

* Health-conscious Americans have made quinoa too expensive for the Bolivians who have grown it for centuries. (NY Times)

* Just your average mother shopping for bananas. (Chicago Sun-Times)

* Another reason to swear off the Nats this year. (Eater)

Tim Carman serves as the full-time writer for the Post's Food section and as the $20 Diner for the Weekend section, a double duty that requires he ingest more calories than a draft horse.

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