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

* The dog really can eat your homework now. (PBS Parents)

* Today’s required reading: “Malcolm Gladwell — who writes nothing about restaurants and, as far as I know, cares nothing for pizza — posits that the difference between a genius and a schnook is about 10,000 hours. It’s an idea that bears out in culinary traditions.” (Gilt Taste)

* Get your goat — before it’s too late. (Bon Appetit)

* Turn your leftover watermelon into a rum-based tipple. (Okra)

* Manhattan’s pioneer of craft beer dies after a bike accident. (NY Times)

* Philly kids feel the pinch of budget cuts in their school cafeterias. (Philly Inquirer)

* “The top predator has been described as the Bengal tiger of local rivers.” (WaPo)

* “Top Chef: Texas”? (Eater)

* Nutrition labels won’t stop junk-food eaters from eating their junk. (Reuters)