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Weekend Reading: The Best of Food Writing From Around the Web

Pull up an armchair and treat yourself to our another round of great food reads. From illustrated food to artsy museum dinners, we think won’t find a tastier list.

+ Lucky Peach’s list of 30 Iconic Dishes of Fine Dining (complete with black and white illustrations) got us salivating.

+ The best restaurants are coming to a museum near you, and like the work you might find on the gallery walls, the food is also art. Like that at the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C., Sweet Home Café serves up both art and history on a plate:

With the help of noted culinary historian Jessica Harris, Grant and his team have divided African American migration and culinary traditions into four regions. The Agricultural South station serves buttermilk fried chicken and black pepper cornmeal waffles, while the nearby Northern States section offers oyster pan roast, a rendition of a dish made by Thomas Downing, the son of freed slaves who became a restaurateur in New York in the early 1800s.  

Traditional diets are not worth celebrating just for their authenticity. In the chilly regions of the Arctic, instant noodles are replacing traditional staples of nomadic herders and giving rise to the first cases of the obesity ever..

+ Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has risen to pastry fame since opening in 2014, but many SFers may not know about the brain tumor that inspired its entrepreneurial origins. Read about how Aaron Caddel risked it all and came out on top:

While working as a barista — and living in a closet (literally, he says) for $400 a month — Caddel says he grew impatient with healthy friends who dwelled on trivial problems. He was dying. He didn’t have time for small-talk.

+ Lunch at work, lunching while working, and even the “Sad Desk Lunch” gets a shout-out in this Edible SF story highlighting the role work lunches are playing in some of the biggest companies of the Bay Area.  “It’s not as a perk to save people money at lunch or to keep them from leaving the building… We’ve found that collectively sharing a common meal helps humanize the workplace in a profound way, improves eating habits and avoids entitlement.” said David McIntyre, Airbnb’s global head of food.

Lucha Libre by Carlos Adampol Galindo

+ We agree: not everyone can eat (or fight) like Luchadors, but the diets of  Mexican wrestlers make for a great read. With monikers like The Son of Doctor Murderer and Sexy Powder, you know these folks can whip up an interesting breakfast.

+ Looking to open your own restaurant? This incredible story of women-owned restaurants inside the largest refugee settlement in South Sudan will inspire you.

+ San Francisco’s two-year old L&G Vietnamese Sandwich is an immigrant-owned restaurant that’s actually 25 years in the making:

Giang and Lam both grew up in Teochew-speaking Chinese communities in Cambodia, but they met in Vietnam after both had fled the Khmer Rouge purges. The Khmer Rouge moved her family into a work camp when she was 14. At the camps, survivors say, long days in the field were followed by grueling political re-education sessions. Middle son Aaron tells most of the family’s story while Giang dips in and out, half-listening, half bustling. “Pol Pot killed many people,” she says, switching to English to punctuate Aaron’s tale. “I am here.”


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