Eating & Reading: Palate Prozac and Powerful (Food) People

Every week, we'll let you know what the Washingtonian food staff is reading in the blogosphere and off the bookshelves.

Kate Nerenberg, assistant food and wine editor:

– Colman Andrews drew up a list of the people "who affect what and how and where and why we eat," including our very own José Andrés at number 24: America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food.

– An "only in the United States" moment: Starbucks' new Trenta-size cup is literally more than an adult human stomach can take: Starbucks Trenta, Illustrated.

– As someone who knows nothing about Hollywood, this article about food styling and Vince Vaughn was a rare peek into the movie world: Making a Mess Filming the Dilemma.

Ann Limpert, food and wine editor:

– The ever-hilarious Francis Lam deconstructs the menu from last night's state dinner: Hey, Obama, Pass the Spice!.

– S/he's great with the 140 characters on Twitter, but you gotta love RuBo uncut, thumb-cuffs, foie-a-thons, and all: Ask RuBo: Cell Phones at the Table, Neurotic Food Whims.

– Josh Ozersky explores umami, a.k.a. "palate Prozac": Umami: Why the Fifth Flavor Shouldn't Go it Alone.

Rina Rapuano, assistant food and wine editor:

– Writer Scott Reitz talks about imported bread in Washington—and reveals a secret about Taylor Gourmet: D.C. Restaurants' Moveable Yeast.

– I got this for Christmas, and I really like the writing style and recipes: Eating: A Memoir by Jason Epstein.

– After the runaway success of Kitchen Confidential, one of the most foul-mouthed big personalities in food gives readers another look at restaurants and cooking: Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anothony Bourdain.

Denise Wills, features editor:

– DC city officials are trying to make sure restaurants are squeaky clean: Cheh Pushes Restaurant Hygiene.

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