First free gastronomic university in…

First free gastronomic university in France is an attempt to close the gastronomic fracture that is splitting France down the middle. "Their aim is to combat the notion that la grande cuisine is reserved for the middle and upper classes, while the poor eat fatty food that induces obesity and illness." Ingredients to include cardoon and cabage.

Yakitate!! Japan is a comic…

Yakitate!! Japan is a comic (known as manga) from Japan about "an enthusiastic, slightly gullible young baker" named Kazuma Azuma who dreams of creating great bread for his country. An Amazon review also adds, "Aiding Kazuma in his baking quest are his legendary 'Hands of the Sun,' exceptionally warm hands that speed the fermentation of yeast." Awesome. Volume 2 is coming in November. [via the November Saveur]

I want to find out…

I want to find out what it looks, feels, and tastes like to commit to the ultimate in dietary trade-offs: a lifetime lived as close to the brink of starvation as your body can stand, in exchange for the promise of a life span longer than any human has ever known. Julian Dibbell goes on the Calorie Restriction Diet for two months. CR may give you a longer life, but I'm not sure it's a life worth living.

Williams-Sonoma's Halloween Truffles are various…

Halloween trufflesWilliams-Sonoma's Halloween Truffles are various flavors of ganache coated in chocolate. "The cat pairs a dark chocolate exterior with extra bittersweet chocolate ganache, the ghost combines a white chocolate exterior with a milk chocolate-toffee ganache center, and the pumpkins unite milk chocolate ganache with orange- and green-tinted white chocolate." These would be fun to make at home if you had the time. [via Outblush]