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Bon App’s Flu Diet, Woody Allen’s No Fun Diet, Calamari’s Evil Twin: Eating & Reading
Our tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week. By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Sophie Gilbert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
Squid, or something else? This American Life explores a disturbing rumor about everyone’s fave fried app. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.
Comments () | Published January 17, 2013

Booze News

This sounds like a great idea! And not at all like a fire hazard! At Chicago’s Red Kiva, you can now freebase your alcohol via the Vaportini. “It’s warm, retains its flavor, and gives an instant, though brief, buzz.” [Time Out Chicago] —Sophie Gilbert

As alcohol levels in wine continue to go up around the world, some winemakers are banging the drum for the cause of “dealcing”—de-alcoholizing their wines to bring them back down to more companionable levels. [Palate Press] —Todd Kliman


Culinary Culture

The DC schools’ food director has left his job after clashing with chancellor Kaya Henderson. [WaPo] —SG

This reminds me of the Todd Barry bit about running into a friend who was heading off to chocolate school in Tahiti. No joke, folks—Gelato University, in Italy. Yeah, the final must be a bitch. [The Economist] —TK

If you missed the premiere of Soul Food Junkies, set that DVR: The PBS doc examines the two sides of an extremely influential cooking tradition. [Grist] —Jessica Voelker

Things are pretty complicated inside the seemingly simple world of kids’ mac and cheese. Smithsonian goes inside the Kraft wars. [Smithsonian] —Anna Spiegel


Culinary Pop Culture

In case you didn’t manage past the Soon-Yi-gives-me-hickeys part of Woody Allen’s essay on hypochondria, he goes on to talk diet: “I never smoke and I watch what I eat, carefully avoiding any foods that give pleasure. (Basically, I adhere to the Mediterranean diet of olive oil, nuts, figs, and goat cheese, and except for the occasional impulse to become a rug salesman, it works.)” [NYT] —Ann Limpert

As a onetime London Pret A Manger consumer and daily Pret-goer in the District (convenience rules that choice—there is a location below our office), I totally agree: “Why Does Pret A Manger Think Americans Are Stupid?” [The Awl] —AS

There’s a new Girl Scout cookie flavor: Mango Creme. And it’s “healthy,” or something. [Philly Mag] —SG

“Kardashian’s Debut Book Tackles Serious Food Issues.” If, like me, you read this headline and assumed Kourtney might be boasting about her post-baby weight loss again, you were wrong. Instead it’s some guy named Kirk Kardashian discussing federal milk subsidies. I’m sure US Weekly will love it anyway. [Forbes] —SG

It was only a matter of time. Behold the Chicago breakfast sandwich named for Parks and Rec cholesterol fiend Ron Swanson—with four kinds of meat, two kinds of cheese, and eggs two ways. [Buzzfeed] —AL

Amid the proliferation of Girls-inspired articles about twentysomethings is this fascinating look at how young foodies dine out despite small salaries. [NYT] —JV

Because it’s Thursday (and because this arrived too late for Eating & Reading last week): Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling are “knife guys.” [HuffPo] —AS


That’s Just Gross

Calamari lovers, be careful. A segment in This American Life’s recent “Dopplegangers” episode may well bungle that affection. [HuffPo] —JV

Need more thinspiration for 2013? HuffPo rounds up the worst fast food meals in America. Yes, we’ve seen this list before, and yes, it’s still disgusting. [HuffPo] —SG

Try This at Home

If someone around you is on the Mucinex and chicken broth diet, these flu-soothing recipes— bourbon-spiked lemon-orange-ginger sorbet, a Korean beef-noodle soup recipe from Restaurant Eve’s Cathal Armstrong—might make it suck for them a little less. [Bon Appétit] —AL

The Super Bowl is right around the corner—what to make to celebrate this dippy but de-facto national holiday? Two words: tamale pie. [Esquire] —TK


Meaty Matters

Whither the New York City steakhouse? [NYT] —TK

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