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I watched Gone Baby Gone last night on DVD, and am feeling a little fragile this morning. So this week is devoted to stories that

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This Week's Trauma-Free Food News

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I watched Gone Baby Gone last night on DVD, and am feeling a little fragile this morning. So this week is devoted to stories that don’t foretell colony collapses, soaring food prices, or obesity epidemics.

A New Message on the Bottle? by Bill Daley (Chicago Tribune): The feds propose reporting calories, additives, and allergens on bottles of wine. Guess how the pros and cons stack up? Bonus wine story: Our own Ste. Michelle buys out Napa's fabled Stag Leap Wine Cellars.

Footloose and Sugar Free by Laura Moser (Slate): Woman eats healthfully. Woman feels better. Woman brags about it in order to convince everyone she knows to follow her new diet.

Old Chickens Never Die, They Just Bubble Away by Jane Sigal (NY times): The article I should have read before the time I made coq au vin with a laying hen for Christmas dinner. (However, the Boxing Day version, after I'd left the stew in the crockpot all night, was phenomenal.)

Kids’ Menus Grow Up by Tara Duggan (SF Chronicle): I confess I’m a little worried about the kid who “wolfs down” pork bellies.

Students Turn a Profit from Candy Sales by Rachel Byrd (Victorville Daily Press, thanks to Food Times): First California bans guns from its schools. Then drugs. Now sweets. Bands of candy runners are now creating a black market. Watch one of them grow up to sire a president.

Gourmet Q&A: Heston Blumenthal and Grant Achatz by Christy Harrison (Gourmet): This one's for the food geeks. A group interview with two of the molecular gastronomy (yeah, yeah, I know they hate the term) stars. Warning: technical language alert.

Finally, thank you to Chow's Kara Zuaro for telling the world about Cookercise, which has made me happier than I can express in words. Please, please watch the Hoppin' Halibut video:

 
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