Hate-Reading Gwyneth, Pizza Hut Horrors, Ozersky’s Ramp Aversion: Eating & Reading

A tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week.
Eat Like a Man chronicles Pizza Hut's horrifying, calorific history. Image via Shutterstock.

Foodie Foolishness

The restaurant industry has a great sense of humor, particularly the self-effacing kind. Eater National compiles a roundup of April Fool’s pranks across the nation. House-made water, “No Appetit,” and artisanal air this way. [Eater National] —Anna Spiegel

Well, here’s one way to get fired from a Waffle House. [Gawker] —Jessica Voelker

Please Don’t Eat the Art

Who says you can’t play with your food? BuzzFeed rounds up some incredible—and most likely inedible—works of food-based art. [BuzzFeed] —TP

The Season for Sipping

Springtime is Pimm’s time! Turns out the British infusion was concocted in 1823 to slow down oyster bar patrons who were slamming shots of gin. [Pimm’s] —Shane Harris

Firefly has launched a new dessert-and-cocktail pairing menu, photos of which will have you running to the restaurant (the better to burn off a few of those calories with). [Serious Eats] —TP

First we shared the news that Cork Market is making booze-infused Peeps. Now we’re sharing a recipe to make Peeps-infused booze. [Baking Bites] —TP

Fast Food Nation

Pizza Hut’s many, many crimes against humanity: a timeline. [Eat Like a Man] —JV

Famous Foodies

“A flayed fillet of fame”: This Post article about Gwynnie’s new cookbook is worth reading for the alliteration alone (see what I did there?) [WaPo] —JV

Beyond the Royale with cheese: A video interview with Quentin Tarantino explores how the director uses food as a metaphor for power in Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, and other movies. [Slate] —Ann Limpert

Health Matters

Josh Ozersky doesn’t give a shit about ramps. (But he adores kidney suet.) [Esquire] —SH

A lot of food writers cut out meat when they aren’t reviewing their meals, but my weaknesses fall more on the white-flour-based side. Culinate has a good guide to de-starching your side dishes. [Culinate] —JV

CSA season is upon us, and with it those overwhelming cratefuls of fresh vegetables. The boys at the Bitten Word have a secret for not letting the bounty go to waste. [Splendid Table] —SH

Global Goodies

“Ironically, my entrée at Modern Toilet was the least crappy of the three restaurants I sampled.” Examining the new wave of aggressively on-theme restaurants in Taipei. [Bon Appétit] —TP

Ridiculously Awesome Video of the Week

Imagine a well-dressed German Shepherd eating peanut butter from a jar with a spoon. Actually, you don’t have to imagine it—just watch it. [Laughing Squid] —AS

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