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

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Get ready for the weird and the wonderful. We’re bringing you an illustrated egg guide, a courtroom butter battle, and a laser-cut ham and cheese bust of Vin Diesel. Needless to say, the forecast for your weekend reading is 100% interesting.

+ Dive into the complex story of San Francisco’s culinary icon, Daniel Patterson, and his recent fast food project Locol.

“I went to a doctor,” he said, “and I was like, ‘Yeah, so I’m depressive and I need something,’ and he said, ‘Do you want to kill yourself?’ ‘No, that would take way too much energy.’ He said, ‘You can take Prozac, but it might kill your libido, or Wellbutrin, but it might make you speedy.’ Is that really a choice?” As medication put Patterson’s demons “behind glass,” as he put it, he began to suspect that pursuit of a third Michelin star might not be the path to happiness.

+ What do you get when you combine ham, cheese, and lasers? A ham and cheese bust of Vin Diesel made by William Osman, a.k.a the Bill Nye of YouTube.

+ A man couldn’t believe it was butter, so he sued Dunkin Donuts and won! As it turns out, serving margarine when a customer asks for butter is a poor legal, if not dietary, choice.

+ More reasons to eat pastry and bread: baking can actually improve your mood, according to science. 

By following detailed diaries kept by the study subjects, Connor found that in addition to feeling happier, people who worked on little creative projects every day also felt they were “flourishing”—a psychological term that describes the feeling of personal growth. That could mean that the good feeling that comes with pulling a freshly-baked loaf of bread out of the oven could carry over into the next day, making that baker more likely to keep on with their little acts of creative cooking, Ough writes.


+ From emu to quail, this egg guide from Lucky Peach is a great way to satisfy your ovarian love.

+ Research confirms what you’ve probably suspected all along: there is a link between hot sauces and hot tempers. Findings suggest that consumption and exposure to hot sauce can cause aggressive thoughts!

+ What we all deserve is this unexpected feel-good story behind Duncan Hines and his legacy beyond boxed cake mixes.

In 1936, at 55, Hines self-published his first edition of Adventures in Good Eating and sold them for $1 each. It contained the names and locations of 475 restaurants from coast to coast that had Hines’ rigorous seal of approval. “The books were sold through word of mouth, but they quickly sold out. The following year he raised the guide’s price to $1.50 — and that’s where the price would stay for the next 25 years,” explains Hatchett.

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