1. Have you seen the Bacon Explosion? Or, better yet, cooked one? It's an internet phenomenon, made from a woven mat of bacon strips topped with sausage (that's then rolled and smoked with barbecue sauce). A blogger invented it, released it on the web, and now pork lovers everywhere are talking.
2. A crack-down on salt. The New York City Department of Health is trying to get big companies to reduce the amount of sodium in prepared foods- along the lines of the trans-fat sweep a few years ago. One interesting argument is that consumers are simply used to saltier food than is necessary.
3. The Bocuse D'Or: Culinary Olympics. This competition in Lyons, France is complete with chefs that train like athletes, coaches (Thomas Keller helms the American team) and screaming, cheering fans (we love the photo of the French going crazy after winning the pastry competition).
4. A lesson in frugality from Eli Zabar. At his stores, he turns leftover, unsold food into new creations: jelly doughnuts become a kind of jammy bread pudding! Read the article and get that recipe.
5. A rib-eye that marinates for three days. OK, you don't have to let it sit for three days. One might work, too. But this easy recipe for wine-and-spice infused steak sounds delicious.
What are you reading in the Times this week?
(Image: Don Ipcock for The New York Times)