Maurauding Baboons Ravage South African Wineries

An "army of marauding baboons" has been ravaging wineries in the Franschhoek Valley region of South Africa, devouring grapes just before harvest.

 


Bill Buford Takes on French Cuisine for the BBC

Buford Writer Bill Buford, the author of Heat, which chronicled his tenure as a "kitchen slave" at Mario Batali's Babbo restaurant (among other culinary adventures), has turned up in a new BBC reality television program.

Titled "Fat Man in a White Hat" -- apparently all that food writing has taken its toll -- the show follows Buford as he turns from Italian gastronomy to an investigation of the food of France, working in "a series of French kitchens to investigate whether French food is all it's cracked up to be."

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James Beard Award Nominees Announced

BeardThe James Beard Foundation has announced its final list of nominees -- chefs, cookbook authors, and journalists -- for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards.

The winners will be announced at the foundation's annual gala on Monday, May 3, 2010 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

Read the complete press release (and raw and unformatted) list of nominations below:

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Pioneer Woman, the Movie

Coming soon to a theater near you: a movie starring Reese Witherspoon as blogger and author Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman. Via Serious Eats.

 


March Madness: Dessert Edition

Place your bets in the tournament of cake vs. pie. Who will make the final four?

 


Proposed Bluefin Tuna Ban Fails

In secret vote, members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) voted 72 to 43 against banning trade in bluefin tuna. Libya is blamed for cutting short debate on the ban.

 


Mobile Pastrami Unit

You can't make this stuff up: venerable L.A. delicatessen Canter's has launched a food truck.

 


Ruth Bourdain Speaks

The Twitter mash-up phenom that is @ruthbourdain talks to Food News Journal.

 


AOL Adds "KitchenDaily" to Its Food Menu

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AOL Inc. has just launched KitchenDaily, a new food property that adds yet another culinary site to its existing portfolio of AOL Food and the blog Slashfood.

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CBS Adds a Reality Chef Show

CBS is joining the increasingly crowded field of reality chef TV with a new series called "Beat the Chefs," in which amateur cooks will face off against top chefs in cooking challenges.