Lunch Room Chatter: Chefs as tweet freaks

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

* Wisconsin lawmakers preach fiscal restraint as long as it doesn’t involve giving up government farm subsidies. (HuffPo)

* Full-service restaurants are celebrating small steps -- very small steps. (Restaurant Hospitality)

* Something fishy is going on in Redondo Beach. (LA Times)

* Michael Ruhlman on “Modernist Cuisine”: “For nearly two weeks I lived with this extensively hyped work — immersion circulators humming on my counters, a pressure cooker hissing, food sealer and grinder hot from use beside them — and I remain frustrated that I lack so many tools and ingredients required to actually use this behemoth.” (NY Times)

* More Ruhlman on “Modernist Cuisine”: The many detours of trying to cook from the 40-pound cookbook. (Diner’s Journal)

* Martha Stewart Living is burning through editors like dry wood. (WWD Media)

* America’s biggest chain restaurants to pass along the pain of rising food costs. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

* Celebrity chefs who spend more time on Twitter than in the kitchen. (Klout)

* Your chance to vote for your favorite healthful recipe for kids. You might want to consult with a kid first. (Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge)

* UN to world: Hunger won’t be solved with more industrial farming. (SlashFood)

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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