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Lunch Room Chatter: The motorcade ecologist

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

* In case you missed it, Prince Charles pulled up to the Future of Food conference in a seven-car motorcade and delivered a speech on sustainability. (WaPo)

* If Cinco de Mayo is more an American holiday expressing our yearning for a mythic, romantic Mexico, then here’s a recipe to help us celebrate. (Pati’s Mexican Table)

* Required reading: “I’ve grown out of the habit of eating. I’ve also outgrown the compulsion of trying to kid myself; in the hospital, reading ‘Suttree’ by Cormac McCarthy, I once developed such an obsession for an ice cold carbonated Nehi Orange that I talked them into buying a can and pouring it in. It might as well have been tap water.” ( Roger Ebert’s Journal)

* Expanding your restaurant can be a death sentence. Literally. (Detroit News)

* The South has a problem with food security. (USDA)

* Don’t throw out your salt shaker just yet. (GOOD)

* Build your own backyard pizza oven. (The Guardian)

* A local pizza master has resurfaced in an unlikely place. (Twitter)

* “What does it mean to work at Alinea? It means you’re crazy.” (You Tube)

* They walk for miles, their hooves are hurtin’. They’re our beasts of burden...again. (NY Times)

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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