Bits and pieces: Man v. Food, the 5-second rule and other food news from the web, 10.4.10

  • TV chef Alton Brown has a few things to say about the show Man v. Food, and they aren’t too nice. In an interview with Zap2It, Brown called the Travel Channel program “disgusting” and said that it glorifies gluttony. But that hurt the feelings of Man v. Food host Adam Richman, according to, who responded via Twitter: “Alton Brown: MvF is about indulgence-NOT gluttony-& has brought loads of biz to Mom-n-Pop places. You were my hero, sir. No more.” Ouch. I’m a fan of both MvF and Brown’s Food Network program, Good Eats, so I wish Brown and Richman would just bro-hug it out and teach me how to grill a perfect sirloin.
  • I love kitchen gadgets, but they are often one-trick ponies that sit dusty in the back of the cabinet. Real Simple Magazine has some useful tips on repurposing rarely used appliances, such as making calzones on a waffle iron.
  • Noreen Malone, a writer over at, got sick of reading articles about grocery shopping on the cheap in response to the recession. So Malone took a different approach – she shopped at Whole Foods for the most expensive dinner for two. She didn’t actually buy anything, but her article provided an interesting look at how indulgent one could be in the grocery aisles (a half-pound tuna steak for $22.99/pound – no, ma’am).
  • I’m a huge fan of the website Jezebel, and this flowchart is one reason why: “A Guide To Eating Food Off The Floor.” It’s a humorous look at the situation we’ve all been in – a tasty morsel has landed on a potentially germ-ridden floor. Decisions, decisions.

2 thoughts on “Bits and pieces: Man v. Food, the 5-second rule and other food news from the web, 10.4.10

  1. Cool links, Ashlee.
    I actually use my rice cooker and my waffle iron quite a bit already. (About once a week for the waffle iron; multiple times a week with the rice cooker), but I’m definitely a fan of finding new uses!

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