Eating & Reading: Flying Pigs and Talking Web Sites

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

Anna Spiegel, dining intern:

• Grub Street covers the psychology behind why restaurant patrons are willing to wait two hours for a table in an overcrowded bar for an overpriced, underwhelming meal: The Crowded Restaurant Conundrum: Why We're All Gluttons for Punishment.

• We in the blogosphere may roll our eyes at the mention of cupcakes or bacon (and certainly bacon cupcakes), but we have only ourselves to blame: How Bacon Sizzled and People Got Sweet on Cupcakes.

• Here's some great foodie comedy: If This Fusion Restaurant's Website Could Talk.

Rina Rapuano, assistant food and wine editor:

• Former Washington Post food writer Jane Black and her husband set up camp in West Virginia to write a book about Jamie Oliver's attempt to reform America: Journalists Follow Up on 'Food Revolution.'

• You don't have to observe Passover to make these recipes (tri-color matzoh-ball soup!): A Modern Passover Seder.

Sophie Gilbert, assistant editor and Sophie at the Stove blogger:

• This is pretty short, but it offended me so much I'll include it. I'm sorry you dislike food in England, Tom Scocca. But you obviously haven't been trying very hard (either that, or you're up north): Some Advice on Cookery for Our British Friends.

• While we're on the subject of British food, there's a new (English) chef who's wowing Manhattanites with her chorizo-stuffed squid, among other things: April Bloomfield: The English Chef Taking Manhattan By Storm.

• Mark Bittman also got the roast-chicken memo: Mark Bittman Reinvents the Chicken Dinner.

Kate Nerenberg, assistant food and wine editor:

• Ok, Sophie. Defend your British heritage. But this article in the Telegraph doesn't give me much hope for your countrymen when it comes to cooking: British Consumers 'Think Pigs Have Wings.'

• Happy St. Patty's Day! We had to have one "green" link in here. The Daily Meal interviewed Restaurant Eve chef Cathal Armstrong on his favorite whiskey and what people should know about Irish food: Corned Beef, Whiskey, and a Celtic Culinary Tiger. You know what they didn't get from him? A recipe for a delicious sandwich.

• While on the Daily Meal site, we couldn't resist looking at this list of The 50 Most Important Inventions (and Discoveries) in Food and Drink. My pick for the greatest thing to ever happen to food? Peanut butter and jelly. Not a gadget but still brilliant. 

Todd Kliman, food and wine editor:

• Fun advice, as usual, from Saveur for St. Pat's Day food and drink ideas: Green Dishes and Drinks.

• The excellent Russ Parsons of the LA Times reviews a new iPhone app called Oysterguru, which provides info on the salinity, the taste, and the region of origin of a wide range of bivalves. It also tells you which restaurants do a good job of featuring oysters. Too bad it costs $1.99: An Oyster for Your iPhone.

• House Republicans have turned back Nancy Pelosi's efforts to "green" the House cafeterias. Plastic forks are back. Can't top Freedom Fries, though, for stupidity and ignorance: Fight Waged With Forks Is Rejoined in Congress.

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