Eating and Reading: Mario Batali Sued for $10 Million, Scorpion Candy 101, Thanksgiving Specialties by State

The ten tastiest articles we're reading this week.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a scorpion pop? Photograph via Shutterstock.

Favorite local chef-lebrity José Andrés makes margaritas on the Ellen show, finds nuts sexy, has so much energy. [Eater National] —Anna Spiegel

A New Yorker sues Mario Batali for $10 million, charging a list of complaints against the landmark restaurant Babbo. Usually the wafting smell of garlic is a good thing? [Grub Street] —AS

The New York Times collects interesting Thanksgiving recipes from every state, plus DC and Puerto Rico. Representing the District: shrimp-stuffed mirlitons (which will never taste as good as they would in New York, obviously). [New York Times] —AS

If you think a gluten-free diet does wonders to the body, just try taking coconut oil to the veins. [New Yorker] —AS

It takes a team of people—including a set designer, a food stylist, and an animal trainer—around a month to make one of those under-five-minute “tiny hamster” videos. And people say Americans are lazy. [Washington Post] —Tanya Pai

A brave Bon Appétit-er provides an answer to a question that’s been floating around in the back of my mind since childhood: Who actually buys those lollipops with insects inside—and, more important, what do they taste like? [Bon Appétit] —TP

This Week in Millennial Beverage Trends: What do young people want to drink? Appartenly they want clear alcohols, and two kinds in particular. “They are looking for Ciroc and DeLeón,” says Sean Combs, also known as the leading marketer for said brands. [Fortune] —BF

Kevin Durant has a new gig, but it’s not with the Wizards. Instead, he’ll be the new pitchman for Sonic Drive-In. And, just so all you #KD2DC fans know, the closest Sonic is 26 miles away in Edgwater, Maryland. [Eater] —BF

New Orleans residents are being advised to thaw their turkeys before deep-frying them, because nothing ruins Thanksgiving quite like exploding poultry. [Vice] —BF

Remember when everyone freaked out that a Russian company was taking over the most all-American of beers, Pabst Blue Ribbon? Well, false alarm: PBR still means USA. [New York Times] —Michael Gaynor