Lunch Room Chatter: Cooking shows make you fat?

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

* From catering to 19th-century Basque shepherds to winning a 21st-century Beard award. (NY Times)

* An Arizona restaurant sues a Big Apple deli for the right to be the exclusive provider of heart attacks. (NBC New York)

* A soda tax really has to hurt before it changes consumer behavior. (Boston Globe)

* Cooking shows can be bad for your health. (Fox News)

* And you thought pastry chefs were wimps! (Chicago Reader)

* Make the Waffle House your home! (WAGT 26)

* Amanda Hesser: “Also, you’ve probably heard of that rule with fashion — get dressed, then remove 2 accessories — well, recipe development is much the same. Work on your dish, then remove two ingredients.” (A Life of Spice)

* Watching the foam slowly melt at El Bulli. (NY Times)

* Ukrainian burger joint has the goods on McDonald’s — or at least has a cooler name. (Twitter)

* Pay $46,000 for cooking school, get a job as a Starbucks barista. (SF Chronicle)

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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