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

A new year means new food reads! Kick off 2018 with brain-satiating tidbits, from a possible chocolate shortage and a high-priced water trend to the scoop on cannabis pop-ups and a meal-planning tool easier than you might think.

+The fast food chain that has brought us Dorito taco shells has just added fries to their menu. Chowhound reports.

+Global climate change is making it more difficult for the cacao tree to thrive, and scientists warn of an impending chocolate shortage as early as 2050.

The crop is only capable of thriving in the lower story of evergreen rainforests, but rising temperatures are drying up soil, which prevents the cacao tree from growing. As a result, farmers have tried moving their crops to higher ground, despite the smaller availability of space and lower success rates of growth…Demand for chocolate already massively outstrips supply. The average westerner eats 286 bars of chocolate every year, because, yeah, it’s delicious. But it’s also incredibly unsustainable, especially if we keep gobbling down the stuff at such an alarming rate.

+Are you a fiend for fennel? Obsessed with oregano? bon appétit asked five test kitchen cooks about the must-have spices in their pantries.

+Puff, puff, pass the hor d’eurves. Underground cannabis dinners are gaining momentum in the Bay Area.

+J. Kenji Lòpez-Alt has made a name for himself as a scientist-home cook and founder of Serious Eats. Now, he’s adding restaurateur to his resume. 

With two partners, he’s opening Wursthall, an enormous, 9,800-square-foot beer hall in downtown San Mateo. It will feature German beers on draft and a menu of sausages and reimagined pub food that López-Alt is precision-engineering to please. 

+The best meal planning hack might not be a fancy app. Epicurious touts the merits of using Google Calendar to keep track of dinner.

+The newest trend in beverages is raw water. But is it safe?

Experts say raw water may contain minerals, but you can get the minerals you need from a healthy diet — and the risk of harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites is not worth any benefit from trace minerals.

 

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