Faux Tuna, Drive-Through Pranks, and Hemingway’s Favorite Burger: Eating & Reading

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

You may think you're eating tuna, but a new article finds that 60 percent of “tuna” sold is not actually the advertised fish. Image via Shutterstock.

Bad Choices

A Japanese fast-food chain has announced it’s going to start growing rice and vegetables 60 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant (remember, the one that was the site of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl?). [NBC News] —Sophie Gilbert

Nearly 60 percent of the tuna sold in the US is not tuna. Bad. Now scroll down for the unappetizing description of escolar, “a fish that can cause prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage.” [The Atlantic] —Todd Kliman 

The quotable Bourdain: Sir Anthony says the dish he called “colostomy pie” was actually “shockingly tasty.” [Gawker] —Jessica Voelker

Inspiring Ideas

If anyone needs me, I’ll be off dreaming about my next career where I grow food on top of skyscrapers. [NPR] —Chris Campbell

America: We may not have a federal government, but we found a way to safely drive and eat fried chicken at the same time. [Eater] —JV

Rothko-inspired art made from cake? How about a Pollock made from brownies? Gaze at lovely photography made with food. [Sarah Anne Ward Photography] —CC

Raising Awareness

Amazing. And wrenchingly painful to think about. One in six Americans now receives food stamps. [Washington Post] —TK

Home Cooking

Here’s the recipe for the hamburger Hemingway loved most. [A Tiger in the Kitchen] —TK 

The soup season is upon us. Leite’s Culinaria is all over it with a slideshow. [Leite’s Culinaria] —JV

Need some comfort food during the government shutdown? Furloughed employees who have cooking time on their hands should check out the latest from blogger and cookbook author Deb Perelman—baked pasta and a chocolate sheet cake sound about right for brightening the mood. [Smitten Kitchen] —Anna Spiegel


Fox News shamelessly jumps on the Breaking Bad SEO bandwagon to round up the most ridiculous food-related lawsuits Saul Goodman never got a call about. [Fox News] —SG

Skeletons don’t like sauce! Watch this amazing drive-through prank involving the undead. [Eater] —AS

Beyond Chipotle

Delve into the world of traditional and new-wave tacos with Pete Wells. [New York Times] —AS