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What We’re Reading This Week

Long weekends mean another opportunity for brunch, more time for a binge-watch sesh, and of course, a few extra moments to get some reading in. And so for your literary pleasure, we present our newest picks of fab food reads.

+As the population rises, innovators are pushing to create alternative food sources. Check out how one company is making cricket flour a thing.

+Novelist Mohammed Hanif chronicles his journey and struggles with roti, the staple bread at most North Indian and Pakistani tables.

+Popular meal delivery service Blue Apron is now piloting kits at Costco (Pacific Northwest and Bay Area only).

The kits sold at Costco feed four people and cost $24.99, or about $6.25 per serving. By comparison, Blue Apron’s subscription meal plans for four people start at around $8.75 per serving.

“We’re certainly thinking about different lifestyles, specifically for Costco,” said Tim Smith, Blue Apron senior vice president and manager of consumer products. “I think on the average they will have a few less ingredients” than the subscription boxes, which are “a little bit more complex and really kind of push consumers to learn.”

+Sun-dried tomatoes used to be everywhere in American cooking. TASTE investigates their mysteriously abrupt disappearance from our kitchens and food media.

+In this powerful piece on racism and culture, Sharanya Deepak gets real about how she got fired from a restaurant job for allegedly smelling like curry. 

Just like that, the word Curry — seemingly harmless, naïve, pandered around aimlessly became my first experience of Whiteness. It became my first awareness of a power structure that so nonchalantly took language, twisted it, and used it against the people it was taken from. It was my first awareness of my own brownness, my racial otherness, and my automatic exclusion from a place I had begun to call home. 

+Her affinity for EVOO is legendary. See how home cooking OG Rachael Ray is staying relevant 15+ years after her Food Network start.

+Food justice advocate Karen Washington is arguing to do away with the term “food desert” in favor of “food apartheid.”

Issues of economic inequality and systemic racism permeate our national food system. The movement’s primary focus has been on finding solutions to “food deserts” – defined as areas empty of good-quality, affordable fresh food – by working to ensure that affected neighborhoods have better access. But some advocates, and studies, have argued that the proximity of a well-stocked grocery store is not enough of a solution given this country’s elaborate food problems.

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