It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

On Tuesday, I led you to a video with chef Jamie Oliver and The New York Times columnist Mark Bittman. In this week’s review section on Barnes and Noble, there is an e-mail interview with Bittman where he talks about his change of focus from enthusiastic cooking to conscious eating.

In his varied writings on food, Mark Bittman has taught us How to Cook Everything (and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian), collected The Best Recipes in the World,  shared the pleasures of simple cooking in his New York Times column, "The Minimalist," and collaborated with star chefs Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Mario Batali on book and television projects. Speaking of television, Bittman is a regular on the Today show, and his 13-part How to Cook Everything series on PBS was named the Best National Cooking Series of 2005 by the James Beard Foundation. His new book shifts his focus from cooking to eating.

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Over at the always informational Wasted Food blog, Jonathan Bloom gives us an idea on how to not waste the juices collected after cooking a chicken.
Last night I made a whole chicken. The pan collected a nice amount of chicken juices, spices and butter that I’d applied to the skin.

After the meal, I wasn’t sure what to do with this excess liquid, but I knew it was way too tasty to toss. After considering the options–while my dog lobbied to implement her own solution–I decided to freeze it.

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Just yesterday, I wrote about how more and more foods are being labeled with words that make consumers think the products are healthy. Sometimes the labels are accurate. Sometimes they are misleading. Today, I read that the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is suing the Coca Cola company over what they consider misleading labeling of their VitaminWater products.
WASHINGTON—The Coca-Cola Company has been served notice of a class action lawsuit filed over what the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says are deceptive and unsubstantiated claims on its VitaminWater line of beverages. Coke markets VitaminWater as a healthful alternative to soda by labeling its several flavors with such health buzz words as "defense," "rescue," "energy," and "endurance." The company makes a wide range of dramatic claims, including that its drinks variously reduce the risk of chronic disease, reduce the risk of eye disease, promote healthy joints, and support optimal immune function.

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And finally, if you’re planning an inauguration party or simply want to recognize next Tuesday’s historical significance with an after dinner treat for your family, check out these Obama inspired cupcakes from There are no instructions for the cupcakes, but they should be easy to replicate.

Image: Matt Callow

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Friday food news roundup 1/16/2009
Food news from around the web for your weekend reading.