U.N. Declares French, Mexican Cuisines Endangered; Red Wine Can Pair Well With Seafood

Haute French cuisine and traditional Mexican fare made the U.N.'s recent list of 51 cultural elements in need of "protection amid globalization and urbanization." [CNN]
Contrary to common wisdom, red wine can pair well with seafood, especially if you happen to have a 2005 Nebiolo and some lobster with truffle shavings on hand. [On Wine/WSJ]

The Senate will likely vote this week on a food-safety bill that would give the FDA more leeway with recalls. It would not address meat, however, as that is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture. [WSJ]

The fancy extra-virgin olive oil in your cupboard might not be your best choice for cooking; taste tests found most flavor gets "obliterated" when the oil is heated. [NYT]

Target's expanded food offerings are partly to credit for the retailer's third-quarter gains. Similarly, while Wal-Mart Canada's overall sales slipped in the third quarter, its food business grew. [AP, Globe and Mail Canada]

Officials in California have created a system to help consumers determine how local food really is. [ABC News]

Fifteen percent of U.S. households had trouble getting enough to eat last year. [WP]