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)