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7 Business Lessons From Lady Gaga and Madonna

Cookwork Perspective: Madonna and Lady Gaga are nothing if not media and marketing driven.  How do you manage your brand?  Do you leverage opportunities well? 7 Business Lessons From Lady Gaga and Madonna Two iconic female performers—Madonna and Lady Gaga—are hitting the road for tours this summer and fall. Madonna is the bestselling female recording artist of all time, and Gaga is close behind. As these two set out to rake in mega-millions of dollars,...

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The Staying Powers Of Eggs

Cookwork Perspective: With ingredient costs on the rise, it is no wonder that eggs have continued to remain popular with consumers on all meal periods. How have you included eggs on your menu? Egg Market's Not Cracking Whether it's hard-boiled, over-easy, or poached; used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; or in baked goods or sauces, the egg is truly the MVP of the kitchen. Not surprisingly, penetration is extremely high and egg use remains steady...

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Chefs Weigh In: The Pros and Cons of Joining Twitter

Cookwork Perspective:  Being involved in social media isn't for everyone.  See which, if any, of the 6 chefs interviewed you agree with most. Chefs Weigh In: The Pros and Cons of Joining Twitter In recent years, a whole bunch of chefs have embraced Twitter. They're sharing photos of dishes, engaging in professional and playful back-and-forths, and commenting on what's going on in the world of food. We asked six chefs across the country — five...

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Seattle Forager Inspires Others To Learn About Wild, Forgotten Foods

Cookwork Perspective:  Some restaurants have begun to look to foragers for supplies of wild mushrooms and greens.  Do you use this practice or are you wary of accidentally serving the wrong ingredients (with potentially fatal results)? Seattle Forager Inspires Others To Learn About Wild, Forgotten Foods For Langdon Cook, a walk in the woods isn't that different from a walk through the produce section of the supermarket. He's a writer, blogger and all-around outdoorsy type,...

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Top 10 annoyingly stubborn nutrition myths debunked

Cookwork Perspective: Nutritional guidelines seem to enter into the category of "generally accepted wisdom" without being challenged.  See how some widely held beliefs are challenged. Top 10 annoyingly stubborn nutrition myths debunked It’s easy to believe something so many people constantly proclaim is true — especially when most of us aren’t experts who would know otherwise. Considering the overwhelming amount of misinformation floating around about healthy eating, we don’t blame you if you’ve been fooled...

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Bites of History: Apple of love

Cookwork Perspective:  Eggplant is so flavorful and abundant.  It's also versatile and can be found in a variety of cuisines.  How do you prepare it? Bites of History: Apple of love Ever wonder how the eggplant was named? This berry (yes, botanically it’s a berry) received its English name because the first known eggplants were small, white and oval and looked much like goose eggs. Eggplant probably originated wild in Africa, but was first cultivated...

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Offal Tale: For This Club, Everything Is on the Menu

Cookwork Perspective:  Offal is big this year and seems to be getting bigger.  Are you jumping on the "everything but the squeak" bandwagon? Offal Tale: For This Club, Everything Is on the Menu You'll never be a member of the Innard Circle if the likes of brains in black butter, Uzbek boiled spleen or Fujianese pig heart make you squirm. Since 1999, an intrepid band of New York City foodies has been meeting about once...

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Across the Nation, Restaurant Critics a Casualty in the Demise of Newspapers

Cookwork Perspective: Newspapers are laying off restaurant critics in an effort to save money.  How will a lack of trained professional critics impact the information diners receive about restaurants? Across the Nation, Restaurant Critics a Casualty in the Demise of Newspapers The national demise of print media is an inevitable, swirling vortex. Over the past few years, thousands of newspaper employees have lost their jobs, and whole sections of papers have been gutted or shuttered....

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America’s 10 best burgers

Cookwork Perspective: Burgers will always be among the best America has to offer.  Here's one take on what the best of the best looks like. America's 10 Best Burgers, According To National Geographic As we've worked our way through National Geographic's "The 10 Best Of Everything," we've stepped into the best historic homes, taken in the best cathedrals, stood in awe of the best world heritage sites, shown off our own best national parks, set...

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6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them

Cookwork Perspective: Chefs are known for being demanding.  Here is a guide to leadership styles that could be more effective in motivating your staff. 6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. According to writer and consultant Peter Drucker, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." Manager and leader are two completely different...

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