Sophie Gilbert, assistant editor and Sophie at the Stove blogger:
• As if getting anything free on an airplane these days wasn't cause enough to celebrate, lucky lucky Air France customers (and random New Yorkers) get to sample a menu by Joël Robuchon. Shepherd's pie with duck confit? Merci bien: Airline Food Ascends at Air France's Gourmet Food Truck.
• Ever wondered what chocolate cake looks like up really, really close? Answer: eerily like an Indiana Jones set: Stunning Food Magnification Photos Reveal Your Meal in Microscopic Detail.
• Every good marriage starts with compromise, and in this case, we have high hopes for Kate and William. She gets a traditional fruit cake and he gets a nursery favorite: Royal Wedding: For Prince William And Kate Middleton, Two Cakes Are Better Than One.
Kate Nerenberg, assistant food and wine editor:
• It's no secret that Anthony Bourdain has acerbic wit when it comes to writing, but his tirade on the James Beard Awards really took it to another level: The Mummy's Tomb . . . And Ozark Noir. Follow-up required reading on the topic is Eatocracy managing editor Kat Kinsman's response: Old Hookers, Cheap Laughs and Wild Accusations. (In the food world, is there anyone besides Bourdain whose words deserve a response with a headline that starts with Old Hookers?)
• We're not quite sure what to think of former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl's rumored new gig: Is it a smart business move? Or a cheapening of her brand and a waste of her immense writing talent? Golden Delicious: Ruth Reichl to run Gilt Groupe Foodie Site.
• Okay, so there's not a lot of reading to do in this post, but there's certainly a lot of laughing (my favorites are numbers 4, 13, and 15): Attack of the Meme: Liz Lemon's Top 15 Tips for Better Eating.
• Tom Colicchio has spent three decades in the restaurant industry. Here's a breakdown of a typical day (hint: he sings about Elmo five times): A Day in the Life of Chef Tom Colicchio.
Anna Spiegel, dining intern:
• I like bacon. You probably like bacon. But does Denny's need to love bacon this much? Denny's Introduces a Maple Bacon Sundae.
• Also in foodie abominations of the week: Kegasus. Part steed, part drunken infield Preakness fan who's gotten ahold of a wig and Swiss horn: Kegasus: May God Have Mercy on Our Souls.
• In more sober news, the Wall Street Journal investigates the impact of artificial food dyes (you mean Kraft mac and cheese isn't naturally that delectable orange?): Artificial Food Dyes Scrutinized by FDA.
Ann Limpert, food and wine editor:
• We had to check the date on this one (not April 1 yet), but the New York Post has heard rumblings that Gwyneth Paltrow wants to start a food magazine. Grub Street is already imagining story ideas while Eater has mocked up a cover. Would hate to be the staffer who has to roadtest all those detox cleanses: 10 Reasons Why a Gwyneth Paltrow Food Magazine Might Work.
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