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

Spring has sprung and with it a brand new selection of weekly food reads. We’re devouring everything from a robot chicken mom (yup!) to a service that calls itself the Spotify of cookbooks. Let us know what you’re reading in the comments – we’re always up for seconds.

+Wired explores the complex relationship between baby chicks and their mother…who in this case happens to be a robot. 

+Eating healthy is hard, especially when we’re constantly bombarded with conflicting messages. Grub Street explores common diet questions with writer Mark Bittman and doctor David L. Katz.

+Pixar’s newest short film, Bao, is about (you guessed it!) dumplings…and empty-nester syndrome. Because baos have feelings too.

+Looking for new literature to add to your kitchen shelf? Check out the forthcoming subscription service that touts itself as the “Spotify for cookbooks.”

Each book was specially handpicked by founders Matthew Cockerill and Nadia Arumugam, who tell Stained Page News that they used recommendations from countless chefs and writers like Daniel Boulud and Nigella Lawson as their jumping-off point. The end result is a directory of more than 100,000 recipes, penned by authors ranging from Paula Wolfert to the duo behind Thug Kitchen. Reference volumes, like The Oxford Companion to Food, will also be included. 

+The vegan verdict is in: plant-based diets are sweeping the world. The Guardian chats with four individuals who explain their choice to abstain from animal products.

+With traditional food magazines going by the wayside, a crop of smaller, independent print publications is emerging. 

Staffs tend to be tiny (often just one or two people), as do circulations (150 to 15,000). But what these titles lack in size or legacy, they make up for in originality and ambition, often zooming in on stories that have been overlooked or misrepresented in traditional magazines, and publishing them on their own terms.

+According to a recent study, cutting calories might keep the Grim Reaper at bay.


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