Japan: Chocolate Bar as Billboard

A Japanese confectionary factory has erected a massive billboard that looks just like a giant chocolate bar.


Woman Assaults Boyfriend With Steak

Police say a woman allegedly hit her boyfriend in the face with a frozen steak because she was angry over her lack of freezer space. Via Grub Street.


Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Vascular Problems

Scientists following 2,564 people found that those who drank diet soda daily had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events than those who did not.


Suds 2.0

The New York Times rounds up and reviews the latest in smartphone beer apps.


A Foodie Ain't Nothin' But a Glutton

In the Atlantic, a "Moral Crusade Against Foodies."


food bub·ble


food bub·ble (noun): The inflation of food production based on the unsustainable use of water and land.

Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, explained the term food bubble in an interview with New Scientist:

That's when food production is inflated through the unsustainable use of water and land. It's the water bubble we need to worry about now. The World Bank says that 15 per cent of Indians (175 million people) are fed by grain produced through overpumping - when water is pumped out of aquifers faster than they can be replenished. In China, the figure could be 130 million.

Frederick Kaufman also used food bubble, but to describe inflation in food prices, in a July 2010 article in Harper's titled "The food bubble: How Wall Street starved millions and got away with it."


Shoes by Chefs

Watch out Mario Batali, celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Chris Cosentino, and Aaron Sanchez are launching their own footwear lines.


Pepsi to Debut Skinny Can Aimed at Women

Pepsi is debuting a skinny can of Diet Pepsi that, in its very skinniness, represents a "celebration of beautiful, confident women." Said the chief marketing officer of PepsiCo: "Our slim, attractive new can is the perfect complement to today's most stylish looks." Oy.


The Cookbook as Comic Book


According to the Strong Buzz, Amanda Cohen, the chef/owner of Dirt Candy, has signed a deal with publisher Clarkson Potter to create a cookbook disguised as a graphic novel.

Cohen described the impetus behind the cookbook as comic book:

My problem has always been that I couldn’t think of a reason to add yet another cookbook to the already crowded shelves, but that all changed about a year ago when I had an idea for the kind of cookbook that would work for Dirt Candy: a graphic novel cookbook. I’m not sure if "graphic novel" is the best term here since it’s a cookbook and not a novel, but that’s the best description I can come up with.

Cohen is working with cartoonist Ryan Dunlavey, the artist behind the "Action Philosophers," a non-fiction comic book about the lives of the great philosophers. The book is due out in Summer 2012.