Porn Star Food, Alcohol as Brain Fuel, 8 Reasons Not to Own a Bar: Eating & Reading

A tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week.

By: Sophie Gilbert, Shane Harris, Tanya Pai, Anna Spiegel, Jessica Voelker

Talking Shop

This is really fascinating, mostly because it shows how insanely cheap Trader Joe’s is. Chow compares TJ’s own items to other grocery store staples to try to figure out who’s supplying them. [Chow] —Sophie Gilbert


Oddly Mesmerizing Video of the Week

BuzzFeed investigates what that ambiguous “2,000 calories” on dietary labels actually looks like in food. [BuzzFeed] —Anna Spiegel


The Hard Stuff

Eight reasons it sucks to own a bar. By a guy who’s addicted to owning bars. (Related: Our Joe Englert profile from the magazine last year.) [The Scribe] —Shane Harris

This will make you want go to London and drink gin. [Daily Telegraph] —Jessica Voelker

Are hops addictive? Not really. But it can feel that way. [The Dish] —JV

That urge you feel to reach for another drink? That’s because it is fueling your brain. [Science News] —JV

I’ll be bookmarking this one: The owners of Manhattan’s Charlie Bird offer wine pairings to go with roast chicken. [Food & Wine] —JV 


Chef-lebrities

Mario Batali jumps shark, ends up in bathtub. Or, why the guest editor trend needs to end NOW. If we want to know what Batali is drinking, we’ll read his column. [Splendid Table] —SH

Mario Batali is making his own horchata? [NYT] —SH


What, No Fluffernutter?

Suddenly ubiquitous porn star James Deen, who’s working on an online food show, talks to Bon Appétit about his favorite foods—notably French breakfast. Keep the baguette jokes to yourself, please. [Bon Appétit] —Tanya Pai


Odd Jobs

Texas Monthly hires a barbecue editor. With this guy in the picture, however, that barbecue editor may only have the second best job in the world. [NYT] —JV