Eating & Reading: Kegasus, Prince William, and Liz Lemon

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

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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