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Weekend Reading List: The Best Food Writing From Around The Web

UberEats is on the precipice of greatness, fish is entering into the lab-grown food space, and hand-harvested salt is becoming a thing again. All this and more on our fabulous weekend reading list.

+Now you can digest music on a whole new level…a Hong Kong and Taiwan-based design agency has created edible Oreo records. 

“We created an Oreo that plays music by replacing the classic embossing with grooves on the cookies surface that work as a vinyl record,” say the agency. “We placed these music embossed Oreos in special Oreo Music Packs. Each cookie in the pack plays the Oreo anthem in a different musical style bringing wonder to their ears.”

+Ever wonder what it’s like to be a shopper for Instacart? This Bon Appetit writer found out.

+Harvesting salt by hand is making a comeback in France. NPR gets up close and personal with two sauniers, or salt-makers.

+If scrolling through endless (and sometimes meaningless) reviews isn’t your idea of a good time, there’s an app for that. Check out CurEat, founded by Steve Mangano. 

Mangano says he wants to be the “anti-Yelp.” The most obvious way he’s trying to do this is by ditching crowd sourced recommendations, but the other way is by eliminating any kind of ranking—no five star reviews, no one star reviews. In fact, no reviews at all. Mangano says he intends CurEat to consist strictly of positive recommendations. Either a restaurant is good enough to make a chef’s list or it isn’t.

+Sure, you’ve heard of the Impossible Burger. But what about Finless Foods, a startup growing fish flesh in the lab? The Guardian goes swimming.

+This just in: Chinese caviar is making a name for itself, potentially surpassing the quality found in Russia and Iran.

+UberEats is fighting for the top spot in the food delivery space.

UberEats stands out even from the rest of the company’s fast-growing — and unprofitable — business. The delivery service, available in more than 120 markets globally, sometimes eclipses Uber’s main ride-hailing business in markets like Tokyo; Taipei, Taiwan; and Seoul, South Korea, the company said. The number of trips taken by UberEats drivers grew by more than 24 times between March 2016 and March 2017. As of July, UberEats was profitable in 27 of the 108 cities where it operated. 

 

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