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Joe Satran
Joe reports on food and culture as a staff writer for The Huffington Post. He was an English major at Yale and has worked at DETAILS magazine, for the Huffington Post Blog Team and at the Yale Sustainable Food Project. In college, he started Yale's biggest campus blog, The Bullblog. He lives in Los Angeles.

Entries by Joe Satran

TV Chef Curtis Stone Wants To Prove He's More Than Just A Pretty Face

(11) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 7:38 AM

If you search Google Images for "celebrity chef," the first three results -- Wolfgang Puck, Eric Ripert and Gordon Ramsay -- are certified masters in the kitchen. Together, they own more than 100 restaurants and have won a galaxy's worth of Michelin stars.

The fourth Google Image...

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Paula Deen Aims For Comeback With 'Uncensored' New Digital Network

(30) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:43 PM

A year ago, Paula Deen's career was in free fall.

After the Southern chef revealed her history of racially insensitive comments in a 2013 deposition, her sponsors abandoned her en masse, her publisher refused to publish her latest book and the Food Network

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Here's How A Six-Pack Of Craft Beer Ends Up Costing $12

(64) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 11:39 AM

I've said it before and I'll say it again: There's never been a better time to be a beer drinker in America. The skillful innovation of American craft brewers over the past decade has pushed beer in delicious new directions. It wouldn't be hard to argue that the craft beer...

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Thousands March Through Downtown LA To Protest LAPD Slaying Of Ezell Ford

(112) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 8:36 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Thousands of protesters marched through downtown LA on Sunday afternoon to demand justice for Ezell Ford, the 25-year-old black man who was shot and killed by two police officers while walking down the street near his home on Aug. 11.

Although the protest had...

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Ezell Ford's Parents And Friends Mourn 'Free-Spirited' 25-Year-Old Shot By LAPD

(26) Comments | Posted August 17, 2014 | 2:02 PM

For the world outside the South LA neighborhood of Florence, Ezell Ford is a symbol. The 25-year-old's fatal shooting by two LAPD officers Monday night, mere days after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, made him into an emblem of police brutality and...

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South LA Demands Justice After Shooting Of Ezell Ford By LAPD Officers

(24) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:58 AM

LOS ANGELES -- Civil rights leaders met with Los Angeles Police Department officials Thursday to press the department to swiftly and openly investigate the fatal shooting of mentally challenged 25-year-old South LA resident Ezell Ford by two LAPD officers on Monday night.

At a press conference immediately afterward,...

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The Truth About Those Fictitious Beer Brands On TV

(9) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 8:00 AM

TV characters, like people in real life, can be picky about the beer they drink.

"The Good Wife"'s Alicia Florrick drinks FG -- at least when she's not drinking red wine or tequila. Dexter drank Skull Island, while the titular Earl Hickey of "My Name is Earl" drank Heisler....

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GoPro Video Reveals Lobster's Journey From Ocean To Plate

(10) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:45 PM

For years, diners have demanded that restaurants be more transparent with the sourcing of their ingredients. And restaurants have responded by giving them more and more information. But if you thought that the famous Portlandia sketch about the provenance of a chicken was the furthest this trend could...

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One Man's Exhaustive Search For The Best Fish Taco In San Diego

(144) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 9:03 AM

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Acclaimed food critic Jonathan Gold has written that "Entire religions have been founded on miracles less profound than the Ensenada fish taco."

If anyone ever heeds his call and founds a religion dedicated to the worship of the...

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Bacon Prices Just Hit Another All-Time High

(170) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 6:48 PM

The price of bacon keeps getting heftier.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price of a pound of bacon in American cities rose another 6 cents in June, to an all-time high of $6.11. That's a 14 percent increase since June 2013 and a whopping 41 percent...

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Here's How Chefs Make Their Burger Patties Perfectly Flat

(12) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Of all the calamities that can befall a hamburger, few are as subtly devastating as a convex patty. Though a bulbous burger won't taste as awful as one that's cooked or seasoned badly, it will ruin the structural integrity of the whole sandwich. A misshapen patty will make it impossible...

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Starbucks' New La Boulange Isn't Fast-Casual, But 'Slow-Chic'

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 6:42 PM

On the surface, there's nothing connecting the new La Boulange in Los Angeles to Starbucks, the country's largest coffee chain. With its soaring ceilings, artsy wall decorations and sophisticated bar counter, it looks perfectly at home on its rapidly-gentrifying strip of La Brea Avenue.

You won't find...

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4 Easy Hacks To Upgrade Trader Joe's Frozen Mac N' Cheese Into Culinary Wizardry

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Haters gonna hate, but Trader Joe's frozen mac n' cheese is pretty great.

It's been the official frozen mac n' cheese of HuffPost Taste ever since it cleaned up at a Taste Test back in March of 2013. It's simply the closest you can get to restaurant-quality mac...

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'Fed Up' Movie Producers Deliver Sugary Warning To Congress Before School Lunch Vote

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 5:35 PM

The producers of hit food documentary "Fed Up" delivered "Fed Up"-themed M&M's to 29 members of the House of Representatives today, to encourage them to vote against an agriculture appropriations bill that the producers said could make school lunches across the country less healthy than they already are.

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How Chef Kuniko Yagi Ditched A Prestigious Bank Job And Found Happiness In The Kitchen

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 5:53 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Where do up-and-comers congregate for lunch in LA? The Ivy's a little traditional. The Polo Lounge has become un-PC. Hinoki & the Bird is now the place to be.

The restaurant's 155 seats, in the heart of LA's Century City neighborhood, are always packed with...

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Trendy $300 Wine Tool Is Accidentally Making Bottles Explode

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Coravin announced Monday that it has halted sales of its futuristic $300 wine-pouring system, after receiving reports of wine bottles exploding into dangerous glass shards when attached to the device.

In a statement, the company said that it is working with the Consumer Safety Product Commission...

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Actress Rose McGowan Hosts 'Gay-In' Cocktail Party At Boycotted Beverly Hills Hotel

(51) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 7:46 AM

As the sky dimmed to periwinkle on Wednesday evening, the bright pink Beverly Hills Hotel, normally resplendent around sunset, looked deeply melancholy. The American flag out front still flew at half-mast two days after Memorial Day. The earth in front of the entrance sign was torn up for spring landscaping...

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New Cheerios Protein Are Made With Lentils, But Do They Taste Like It?

(22) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Like a scrawny man with a romantic life as puny as his biceps, General Mills is hoping that protein can lead the way out of adversity and toward success.

This month, the food manufacturer launched Cheerios Protein in an effort to lure health-conscious breakfast eaters back from...

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Hummus Giant Sabra Wants The Government To Ban Black Bean Hummus Because Of Etymology

(134) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 5:19 PM

Sabra Dipping, by far the country's leading producer of hummus, made headlines this week when it announced it is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to officially define "hummus" as a "semisolid food prepared from mixing cooked, dehydrated or dried chickpeas and tahini." Such a "hummus law" would...

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Throwing A Derby Party? Learn How To Make Mint Juleps With These 7 GIFs

(3) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 3:01 PM

This weekend's the Kentucky Derby. That means there's one thing you should be drinking all weekend: mint juleps. Frosty, refreshing, strong mint juleps.

But unless you're going down to Kentucky in person, you have to be careful. There are many ways for mint juleps to go wrong: they can...

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