11 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN

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Even if you’ve never seen his shows or read his books, you know a few things about Anthony Bourdain. His reputation as a former hard-partying chef who left that scene to eat exotic foods on the Travel Channel and CNN precedes the foul-mouthed New Yorker. But even if you know he doesn’t mince words, do you actually know the man? We hit the archives to bring you interesting facts on Bourdain’s family, his early pay scale, and his deep-seated hatred of Billy Joel. It’ll make you gain a whole new appreciation of America’s sarcastic uncle.

1. His first kitchen job was at a wedding… and he saw the chef having sex with the bride

2. His big break came from The New Yorker

3. He got $50,000 for Kitchen Confidential

4. But before that, he was a mystery novelist

5. Writing runs in the family: His mom is a New York Times vet

6. His career goals were set when he tried oysters… at the age of 10

7. He used to fire people for playing Billy Joel

8. His IMDb is hilarious, with shows like Yo Gabba Gabba! and The Simpsons

9. His wife is an MMA star, can kick your ass

10. He’s really into acai bowls

11. He doesn’t care for craft beer

Read the full article here. (via Thrillist)

How Long To Cook A Turkey

No Thanksgiving guest is more important than the turkey. But you might have a late arrival on your hands if you don’t get it in the oven on time. Planning a 3 p.m. meal? You’ll need to have a 20-pound bird (sans stuffing) cooking by around 10:30 a.m. Don’t stress about the math—just follow our easy chart, with recommendations from the USDA.

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*via Real Simple

Did You Know: 10 Main Food Companies

Only 10 companies control almost every large food and beverage brand in the world.

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These companies — Nestlé, Pepsico, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez — each employ thousands of employees and make billions of dollars in revenue every year.

In an effort to push these companies to make positive changes — and for customers to realize who controls the brands they’re buying — Oxfam created a mind-boggling infographic that shows how interconnected consumer brands really are.

Read more here.

via Insider

Did You Know: Canned Pumpkin Isn’t Pumpkin At All

“Pumpkin puree is not pumpkin. It’s squash.

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Pumpkin puree: You know, the canned orange stuff that’s lining the supermarket walls right now? The stuff you use to make all your favorite fall desserts that’s labeled “100% pumpkin”?! Yes, well, it’s actually made from 100% not pumpkin. The mix is made from a variety of winter squash (think butternut, Golden Delicious, Hubbard, and more). Libby’s, the brand that produces about 85% of the country’s canned “pumpkin” filling, has actually developed a certain variety of squash that they grow, package, and distribute to supermarkets across the country–all the while fooling innocent, trusting consumers into believing they’re eating a pumpkin.

As it turns out, pumpkins can be fairly stringy and watery; certain varieties of winter squash make a richer, sweeter puree that works way better for packing the now-ambiguous flavor we all love into our favorite fall dishes. Additionally, the USDA is fairly lenient with gourd terminology in general, which is why it’s perfectly legal to label a food product as “pumpkin” when, in reality, it’s made from a different variety of squash. So it’s all good now that there’s an explanation, right? NO. It’s not.

What I’m telling you is, you’ve basically been eating butternut squash pie, squash bread, and drinking SQUASH FREAKING SPICE LATTES this entire time.”

*Full article from Food & Wine