In the most relevant news story of the batch, former P-I reporter Andrew Schneider discovers local yak burgers in Elma, Wash. Someone may want to send this link on to the owner of Ed's Kort Haus.
Good news for all of you who were worried that Top Chef was going to go downhill if host Padma Lakshmi left to star in her own sitcom. She just told TV Guide she's just "putting on her producer hat" and will find a proper actress to lead the show, occasionally appearing herself. She's a sensible woman, that Padma. Also, did you know that Padma had a cameo in the Mariah Carey flop Glitter? I can't find a good clip on YouTube, but you can see her for 3 seconds (0:31-0:34) in the trailer. Her character's name: Sylk.
Coca-Cola's new drink, Vio, sounds a little like the prospect of a Padma Lakshmi sitcom.
OK, one great story. Salon interviews Richard Wrangham, author of Catching Fire. Wrangham is an anthropologist who asserts that cooking food, not taming fire or developing tools, enabled humans to evolve because it makes calories and nutrients more available to our bodies. Wrangham also has some interesting thoughts on raw foodists and processed foods.
A research study in Italy apparently shows that women who drink red wine have stronger libidos than women who drink white wine or, gasp, nonalcoholic beverages. The study sounds either like a good candidate for the Ig Nobel prize or something that will forever improve the sex lives of lesbians and straight men who hang out in wine bars.
Also in great science today, a blue food dye may also help heal spinal injuries. Upside: You can walk. Downside: Your friends start calling you Papa Smurf.
The venerable Time magazine (link courtesy of Chow.com) informs the world of the existence of placenta chefs whom prospective parents can hire to prepare their baby's placenta for consumption. Is this a) less craven or b) more craven than the New York Times' new "reader dog photos" feature?