Mario To Do Veggie Cookbook; Achatz Wishes You’d Stop Filching

Mario Batali is working on a vegetarian cookbook.  [Detroit Free Press via NYDN]

Alineas custom dining implements are apparently the new hotel towels, and Grant Achatz wants you to stop taking them home, please. [Eater]

Molecular cuisine restaurants, like Copenhagen's Noma, are increasingly adding elements of locavorism.  [WSJ]

Poultry is the leading cause of food poisoning, followed by beef, finds a new Centers for Disease Control study.  [Huffington Post]

The Center for Science in the Public Interest plans to report Ben & Jerry's to the Food and Drug Administration unless the ice cream drops the "all natural" claim from its packaging.  [Eatocracy/CNN]

Pretzel Crisps replaced their controversial "You can never be too thin" billboards with ones that read "Tastes as good as skinny feels," another slogan beloved by anorexics.  [Gothamist]

Some Massachusetts doctors have begun handing out farmers' market coupons to promote healthy eating among low-income patients.  [Globe]

As the domestic economy lags, international expansion is increasingly important for restaurant chains.  [NRN]

Seoul is fast emerging as a dining destination.  [WSJ]

Cupcakes are currently the subject of no less than three reality shows: D.C. Cupcakes on TLC, the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, and WE's The Cupcake Girls.  [Slate]

Seven people across the U.S. have contracted typhus from drinking shakes or smoothies flavored with mamey pulp.  [AP]