The Douche Burger, Deep-Fried Machines, and a Pat Sajak Peach: Eating & Reading

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

• A British blogger with a funny sendup of restaurant tasting menus. Love the first
starter: “Scallops nestled in Prosecco-infused couscous and lightly glazed with shavings
of white shabby chic wardrobe.”
Britain’s Most Middle-Class Meal

• The Luddites smashed their machines. Brooklyn-based artist
Henry Hargreaves deep-fries his. Too bad it wasn’t an actual iPad—Hargreaves, ironically, lacks the
“funds” to destroy the real thing properly.
Deep-Fried Gadgets: Artist Henry Hargreaves Deep-Fries (Fake) iPad, iPhone, and More

• Among the many ills of climate change: It’s apparently affecting the gourmet coffee
industry, too.
Foodie Underground: The Real Impact of Your Cup of Espresso

Sophie Gilbert, associate arts editor

Michael Bloomberg’s war on Big Gulps might yet work out—new studies are showing that New York City’s
ban on trans fats actually improved its citizens’ fast food choices.
NYC’s Trans Fat Ban Worked: Fast-Food Diners Are Eating Healthier

• NPR’s The Salt blog delves into the strange links between vegetarianism and the
French Revolution. Liberté, egalité, frisée FTW.
Let Them Eat Kale: Vegetarians and the French Revolution

• I just love this one for the headline: “Intimidation by Vegetation.”
Intimidation by Vegetation

• When I was back in London earlier this year, my mom made me watch
The Little Paris Kitchen, which apparently everyone in England is obsessed with. So if you’re the kind of
person who likes to know about British cooking shows filmed in 226-foot kitchens in
France, read this interview with
Rachel Khoo, unlikely celebrity chef.
Rachel Khoo: “My parents thought I was mad to go off baking cakes in Paris”

Anna Spiegel, assistant arts editor

• Provoked by the Douche Burger, Slate explores the question of how much edible gold
you can safely consume. In this writer’s opinion, any is more than enough.
Conspicuous Consumption

• Said burger also makes a special appearance on a list of the priciest burgers in
the world.
The 10 Most Expensive Hamburgers in the World

• Ten Peaches That Resemble
Pat Sajak? McSweeny’s is pretty amazing right now (as ever). Suggested Buzzfeed Articles
and Old Macdonald Had An Organic Urban Rooftop Farm

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.