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Friday, March 16, 2012

The "butt cancer" billboard and other food news bites

Posted By on 03.16.12 at 06:31 PM

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On Tuesday the New York Times ran "I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter," a piece by Julia Moskin relating anecdotes of her time in the cottage industry. Rachael Ray, one of the celebrity chefs mentioned, has since denied using ghostwriters, according to Eater National.

Amelia Levin's The Chicago Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes From the Windy City, a collection drawn from more than 50 Chicago restaurants, will be released on April 17.

More newsworthy food items after the jump.

Crosby's Kitchen, from the group behind Dunlays, Smoke Daddy, and D.O.C. Wine Bar, will be taking over the former Leo's Coney Island space on Southport. The target opening for the family-friendly restaurant ("No bone marrow," says co-owner Derek Rettell) is June 18.

Pinch Spice Market is has opened in Wicker Park..

In May Franks 'n' Dawgs owner Alexander Brunacci plans to open the Peasantry in Lincoln Park. According to Dish, it will be a similar concept—cheffy takes on street food—though there will be table service and, he hopes, a liquor license.

Serious Eats Chicago took a look at Monti's, James Gottwald's Philly cheese steak shrine, which opened Monday.

Grubstreet Chicago reports that the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the group behind the infamous "butt cancer" billboard, has only a small percentage of members with medical training and in fact is a vegetarian-advocacy/anti-animal cruelty activist group akin to PETA.

Alice Carter, matriarch of the soul-food joint Alice's Restaurant, died on Wednesday, according to the Austin Weekly News.

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