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

Rain or shine, the forecast for reading looks positively edifying. This weekend’s list gives us a closer look how science can improve wine bottles, explain why smoothies make you feel fuller, and why acupuncture for cows might not be such a silly idea.


+ Are you going to restaurants less than before? If you answered yes, you are not alone. According to a recent survey from Reuters/Ipsos, 30 percent U.S. adults “said they were eating out less often than three months ago. Of those diners, 62 percent said cost was the primary reason.”

+ Laughable, but actually legitimate: Swiss cows are now getting acupuncture. Historically common in Korea and China, the alternative veterinary practice is now bringing positive results for various treatments from inflammation to reduced sperm count.


+ Uncorking a bottle of wine is a real pleasure but pouring from a wine bottle is a real unpleasant experience thanks to the now 200-year old design. That might soon be a problem of the past thanks to Daniel Perlman, wine-lover, inventor and Brandeis University biophysicist. The solution? Adding an additional groove to the lips:

For a drop of wine to make it across Perlman’s groove, it would have to travel up inside the groove against the force of gravity or have enough momentum to jump from one side of the groove to the other. After many tests, Perlman found the perfect width, roughly 2 millimeters, and depth, roughly 1 millimeter, for the groove so that the wine stream can’t get passed it.

+ Ordinary people often make mistakes in the kitchen, but talented chefs can transform mistakes into spectacular desserts. Read about how Portland’s Rabe Rucker turns a very-bad, no-good coconut créme brulee into a tropical cookies and cream parfait.

+ + Maybe it’s time to rethink our casual ambivalence about Domino’s. The pizza giant’s recipe-tweaking skills have driven big changes for success:

In 2009, the company reinvented its sauce, among other sweeping improvements. In 2014, it won an Epicurious taste test. Earlier this month, Drake ordered £1,500 of Domino’s after a show in London; it took three cars to deliver it. And last year — I’m not being hyperbolic — a Domino’s fan literally saved lives.

+ Ready to upgrade your burger game? Check out these 5 useful tips from 5 chefs.

+ Here’s some smooth logic that’s backed by the science of gravity: blended food actually makes you feel fuller for longer.

“What we showed is that food separates in layers in the stomach,” said Spiller. Until pretty recently, that was only an assumption. “If, for example, you take a dense material like rice and a glass of water, the rice will sink into the dependent part of the stomach. Then the water will seep out. That means that when you stop ingesting your meal, the size of your stomach will go down much faster than had you mixed the rice and the water up into a homogenous gruel.”

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