Re-election to the Elysée Palace was looking like mission impossible for President Nicolas Sarkozy: Trailing far behind the socialist candidate François Hollande in the polls for months, Sarkozy had only just recently narrowed his rival's lead, but only at the price of a pugnacious and robust few weeks of campaigning, exploiting the extreme right's favorite themes, immigration and halal meat.
There's war going on my refrigerator. In the lower right-hand drawer, we keep our lunch meat and cheese. Among the slightly moldy hunks of Cheddar, the wedges of dried, ancient Parmesan, the deflated skins of scooped-out Brie, lies a cheap plastic bag of cheese sticks.
With the demands of performing on her Monster Ball tour, recording a new album and being one of her generation's top pop stars, Lady Gaga has a lot on her plate -- but she stays healthy by watching what she puts on her plate.
Nestlé: Famous maker of chocolate, coffee -- and the world's biggest producer of halal food for Muslims? Another surprise: that the company managed to gain market share in most business segments in a recession -- largely because of the scope of its offerings. Nestlé isn't just the biggest producer of halal food (which conforms with Islamic dietary law) in the world; it's the biggest producer of food, period (ahead of Kraft), with 2009 revenue of $99 billion. While its scale is enormous -- 1.2 billion people buy its products daily, and 28 of its brands bring in more than 1 billion Swiss francs (about $870 million) annually -- one of its strengths is not thinking like a behemoth.
Ethiopian chef Marcus Samuelsson speaks several languages -- one of which is food. In the few hours we spent together, I saw his face light up more than once when he talked about blending flavors and creating different food journeys for the people who enjoy his cuisine.
When Command Sgt. Maj. Michael T. Hall of the International Security Assistance Force announced that fast-food offerings like Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen and Orange Julius were being shuttered in Afghanistan, he was blunt about it.
Whether you're hosting a formal party or just throwing together snacks for drinks with friends, we've got ideas for transforming carryout into crowd-pleasing cuisine. Everyone will assume your sink is stacked with dirty pots and pans. (And if you keep them out of the kitchen, they'll never know the truth.)
Amid the rush and stress of business travel, nutrition is often pushed aside. While worrying about beating traffic, making flights, preparing for meetings and presentations, who has the time or the energy to think about eating healthfully?
A white board at the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta shows the origins of the hundreds of refugees the agency has placed in Georgia -- Vietnam, Burma, Iran. Soon, it will add another country, Iraq.
New York's temples of haute cuisine get so much attention, it's possible to forget that the real pride and joy for locals -- who tend to eat out more than other Americans, on average -- is the vast array of modestly priced restaurants serving food from all around the globe. We love to eat at Gramercy Tavern and Chanterelle from time to time, but here are some places where you'll find us any night of the week.