January 21st, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Amy Chua's parenting memoir, 'Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother' delves into the extreme measures she and some other Asian parents take to ensure their children's success later in life. In the book, Chua asserts that American parents allow too many luxuries and distractions to the path of progress, and outlines in unflinching detail the rigors she imposed on her own children's study, music practice and even birthday card making.

While seemingly much of this effort is geared toward producing doctors and lawyers, sometimes the best laid plans can take a slight turn. Eddie Huang, who famously published his mother's e-mail rebuke after he received a zero-star review of his restaurant in the New York Times, indeed earned that law degree. Then he chucked it all and opened a restaurant - for which he both credits and (lovingly) blames his parents.

Previously - Eddie Huang and his mother on Asian American identity and lessons learned from a bad review

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January 18th, 2011
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All eyes are on Washington as Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives a day before a high-profile meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama to discuss trade, currency and a host of other issues, including North Korea. Our eyes, more specifically, are on our plates.

This week, we'll be speaking with chefs and experts on Chinese food, exploring a Philadelphia suburb that boasts the "best" spring rolls in the United States and delving into how cook some of this at home.

In the meantime, reacquaint yourself with this November interview with Chef Eddie Huang of New York City's Baohaus restaurant and the now-shuttered Xiao Ye. In it, Huang and his muse/mentor/mother discuss what it means to cook "authentic" Chinese and Taiwanese food, his role as a cultural ambassador, and the particular challenges Asian-American kids face growing up in the United States - even when it's coming from their own mothers.

Read more on President Hu Jintao's visit

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Four Loko holiday balls - you are too good a person to make these
December 23rd, 2010
02:30 AM ET
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Four Loko - no way you'd have any of that nasty stuff around. First of all, how would you? The sale of the caffeinated malt beverage has been banned in communities around the country. It's been said to cause hallucinations and blackouts, has driven a New York assemblyman to come thisclose to ralphing on camera, and plus? It's just kinda vile-tasting - like "mildly offensive...puréed gummi bears," per our associate editor.

You should not make your Christmas cookies with it.
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Livin' la vida Four Loko
November 17th, 2010
11:59 PM ET
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Disclaimer: No editors were harmed in the making of this blog post. ... Except maybe their egos.

In the name of journalism and science, I - or more specifically, my liver - am taking one for the team.

Wednesday afternoon, the Food and Drug Administration announced the results of its safety review of caffeinated alcohol drinks, and whether or not to ban them. The announcement came with increasing pressure after a media firestorm erupted in October because nine students at Central Washington University were hospitalized after consuming the caffeinated alcoholic beverage, Four Loko.

According to the the CNN Wire Staff:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the manufacturers of seven caffeinated alcoholic beverages Wednesday that their drinks are a "public health concern" and can't stay on the market in their current form.

"FDA does not find support for the claim that the addition of caffeine to these alcoholic beverages is 'generally recognized as safe,' which is the legal standard," Sharfstein told reporters. "To the contrary, there is evidence that the combinations of caffeine and alcohol in these products pose a public health concern."

Thus far, Michigan, Oklahoma, New York, Washington and Utah have taken action to remove the drink from state stores. Eatocracy's own home base of New York will stop receiving shipments of the controversial "blackout in a can" on December 10.

With the impending Food and Drug Administration ban, Phusion Products, the beverage company behind Four Loko released the following statement late Tuesday evening:

Phusion Projects today announced the company’s intent to reformulate its products to remove caffeine, guarana and taurine nationwide, saying it has taken the necessary steps to do so and is informing its employees and distributors of the plans. Going forward, Phusion will produce only non-caffeinated versions of Four Loko.

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