Canadian-themed Potato Chips, Fad Diets, and Losing Mumbo Sauce: Eating & Reading

A tasty roundup of the best stuff we’re reading this week.

Lay’s new line of Canadian potato chip flavors includes maple-moose. Image via Shutterstock.

Ladies Who Lunch (or Don’t)

Here’s something else to criticize yourselves about, ladies. “Where you go to have lunch has to be on brand with your brand.” [Jezebel] —Jessica Voelker

Grub Street has put together a guide to where to eat and drink during New York Fashion Week. The answer, surprisingly, is not, “Nowhere, fatty.” [Grub Street] —Tanya Pai

NPR has a nice visual explanation of how insane fad diets are. [NPR] —Sophie Gilbert

Eat More Chips

Lay’s has come out with a line of potato chip flavors inspired by my native Canada, including grilled cheese and ketchup and maple-moose—which is literally meant to be maple-and-moose-flavored. Serious Eats discovers what it’s all aboot. [Serious Eats] —TP

You should probably reconsider your life choices if you’re using the nutrition label to talk yourself into Cheetos being healthy. [Scientific American] —Chris Campbell

Politics of Dining

In another lovely visualization, Wired maps out how hard/easy it is to get fresh fruit and vegetables depending on where you live in the US. [Wired] —SG

Inspired by the fast-food strikers fighting for a living wage? The Boston Globe will now pop that balloon. [Globe] —JV

In depressing news, read about how awful the environmental costs of our addiction to cheap meat are. [Guardian] —SG


BuzzFeed categorizes the 25 types of people who take photos of food. Are you a just-happy-to-be-there person or a stager? [BuzzFeed] —Anna Spiegel

So That’s Why Popcorn Is Addictive . . .

Scientific American’s new food blog, Food Matters, takes an interesting look at the relatively unexplored connection between sound and taste. [Food Matters] —TP


Basically, the print pub equivalent of when Amy Poehler and Will Arnett called it quits. [Eater] —JV

Wait, did we just lose mumbo sauce? [WaPo] —JV

Pete Wells-a-Thon

Pete Wells weighs in on tipping, and how archaic and ineffective it is. [New York Times] —SG

The food world’s stomach may have turned at Pete Wells’s screed—but the (mostly positive) Twitter response has me shocked more than anything. Who knew Twitter could be so positive about anything? [Twitter] —CC