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What We’re Reading This Week: The Best Food Writing From Around The Web

Ready to settle in for a weekend of reading? We’ve got the cure for chickens with PTSD, a fryer that uses air instead of oil, a pasta-fueled assault, a Chili’s-inspired sitcom and more.

+The next time your significant other makes you dinner, swallow it with a smile. 

That might be oddly specific advice, but it’s a lesson that Jodi Ecklund learned last week. The Merrimack, New Hampshire woman is facing six felony charges after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend, Jason Martin, all because he didn’t love her spaghetti. She asked Martin if he liked the pasta lunch she’d just prepared, he said it was “OK,” and she took it poorly, reportedly punching him in the head, throwing some of his stuff into the parking lot, and then barricading herself in their apartment.

+Can there be such a thing as too many restaurants? The New York Times explores the Wall Steet-fueled eatery boom.

+Chef Daniel Patterson (COI, Alta, Aster, LocoL, Plum Bar, Alfred’s) weighs in on the need for systemic change within the restaurant industry.

This gender and racial bias has become embedded in every organized system that governs and shapes behavior in this country, from our schools, legal system, and financial systems, to our entertainment industry and restaurants. Identifying the problem is not enough, however…It is only through systems—rules and laws—that we can effectively govern behavior and create accountability.

+NBC is developing a sitcom about the “super trainers” who work at Chili’s restaurants. It’s inspired by GQ writer Daniel Riley’s essay “Inside The Church of Chili’s.”

+TASTE delves into the air fryer, a celebrity-endorsed appliance that supposedly delivers crispiness without also delivering heart disease.

+Pet chicken feeling a bit stressed? Get him Reiki, the Japanese practice akin to energy massage.

Mel Latthitham sits a gray chicken named Brunhilde on her lap and begins performing intricate hand gestures above and on her. In January, Brunhilde survived a raccoon attack that killed two other chickens, and now copes with posttraumatic stress. Her owner, who like Latthitham lives in Southeast Portland, says the hen was so shaken she was unable to lay eggs. Brunhilde, who’s been through this ritual a few times, seems content, maybe even relaxed, as Latthitham caresses her and makes shapes, symbols, and circles above her.

+Want to get better restaurant service? Check out these tips from a former server.

+Food inequality is not just a hypothesis. A report from the World Food Programme reveals that a bean stew can cost the average New York consumer $1.20, while it’s more than $320 in South Sudan.

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