Eating & Reading: When Road Kill Is Dinner

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

Todd Kliman, food and wine editor:

• David Zinczenko, editor in chief of Men's Health, released his annual list of caloric overload that makes you want to eat plain spinach for the next month: The Worst 20 Foods in America.

• But if you're pining for say, a Denny's Slam (a combo breakfast plate with some sweet carb—pancakes or waffles—plus eggs, meat, and hash browns), Zinczenko's people show you how to make one, with about 1/3 of the calories: Cook This: Waffles With Ham and Egg.

• A parody of the whole craft-cocktail/bar-chef/"mixologist" thing was long overdue: The Onion's radio segment Alcohol-Themed Bar Opens.

• . . . And this one just sounds like a parody: Chick-Fil-A Returns to Indiana University South Bend.

Kate Nerenberg, assistant food and wine editor:

• If there's a way to make a hot dog fancy, then surely there's a way to make seven-layer dip fancy. But do hours of labor and from-scratch cooking make the Super Bowl staple better than the classic version, made with almost all canned products? 7-Layer Dip Showdown.

• In a world when "foraging" is hip, what's fair game (literally)—and do you even want to eat what you find? Writer Catherine Price contemplates it all in a funny piece on Slate: Does This Rabbit Taste Like Tires?

Denise Wills, features editor:

• In Mark Bittman's new column, he gives suggestions for making America's food—and the people who eat, pick, and grow it—safer: A Food Manifesto for the Future.

Ann Limpert, food and wine editor:

• We've seen BLT cocktails and taken egg-salad-inspired shots, but this is a new one: Now Drinking: The Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup Martini.

• And then there's this: Next Up: Lasagna Cupcakes.

• Unlike one of his peers, LA Weekly critic Jonathan Gold doesn't kicked out of a modern-Vietnamese restaurant: Red Medicine.

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